Allegheny Health Network Breaks Ground on Harmar Neighborhood Hospital

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Allegheny Health Network (AHN), Highmark Health and Emerus broke ground today on the new Neighborhood Hospital they are building in Harmar.

AHN Harmar-Neighborhood Hospital

Our decision to build in Harmar is another great example of our patient-centered care philosophy.

Allegheny Health Network (AHN), Highmark Health and Emerus officials joined local lawmakers and other community leaders today at a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Neighborhood Hospital the organizations are building at the corner of Freeport and Guys Run roads in Harmar.

“AHN Harmar will provide more convenient access to high-quality emergency care and other important health services to people living northeast of the city of Pittsburgh,” said Cynthia Hundorfean, AHN President and CEO. “On the heels of our groundbreaking for AHN McCandless just last week, our decision to build in Harmar is another great example of our patient-centered care philosophy, and we look forward to the exceptional service this facility will provide to those who live and work in Harmar and its adjacent communities.”

Unlike standalone emergency departments or urgent care centers, AHN Harmar will be a fully licensed small-format hospital that is open 24/7. In addition to an emergency department and 10-bed inpatient unit, the hospital will provide diagnostic imaging, as well as laboratory and other complementary medical services. It will be staffed by board-certified physicians, nurses, and other experienced health care professionals, all of whom are aligned around a high-quality care model.

Earlier this year, AHN also opened an outpatient center in the Waterworks Mall on Freeport Road, just a few miles south of the AHN Harmar—Neighborhood Hospital site. AHN’s Allegheny Valley Hospital sits off Freeport Road north of Harmar in Natrona Heights. Together, the three facilities will offer patients who live in the area a broad scope of close-to-home emergency, inpatient, and outpatient services.

AHN Harmar and other planned neighborhood hospitals are part of Highmark Health and AHN’s recently announced $1 billion investment strategy to further improve access to affordable, high-quality health care services in the western Pennsylvania region. AHN is partnering with Texas-based Emerus, the nation’s leading developer and operator of neighborhood hospitals, to build and manage the new facilities.
For five consecutive years, Emerus has received the prestigious Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award, which recognizes high-performing health care organizations that have consistently achieved the top 95th percentile or above for exceptional patient experience. Emerus also has earned the Pinnacle of Excellence Award for Inpatient Experience.

Among numerous patient-friendly design elements, AHN Harmar will feature nursing stations uniquely configured to maximize sightlines and accessibility, allowing staff to easily monitor exam rooms and minimize response times. CT and X-ray procedure rooms will accommodate patients of any age, with adjacent observation rooms that keep families together during procedures. An onsite lab will expedite testing processes so patients don’t have to wait long for results.

AHN expects its neighborhood hospitals in Harmar, McCandless, Hempfield, and Brentwood to open in late 2019.


About the Allegheny Health Network
Allegheny Health Network (, a Highmark Health company, is an integrated healthcare system serving the greater Western Pennsylvania region. The Network is composed of eight hospitals, including Allegheny General Hospital, its flagship academic medical center in Pittsburgh, Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights, Canonsburg Hospital in Canonsburg, Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, Jefferson Hospital in Jefferson Hills, Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie, West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh and Westfield Memorial Hospital in Westfield, NY. The Network provides patients with access to a complete spectrum of advanced medical services, including nationally recognized programs for primary and emergency care, cardiovascular disease, cancer care, orthopedic surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, women’s health, diabetes and more. It also is home to a comprehensive research institute; Health + Wellness Pavilions; an employed physician organization, home and community based health services and a group purchasing organization. The Network employs approximately 19,000 people, has more than 2,400 physicians on its medical staff and serves as a clinical campus for Drexel University College of Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine, and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

About Emerus
Emerus is the nation’s first and largest operator of neighborhood hospitals. Emerus partners with leading health systems to provide excellence, empathy and innovation in health care delivery through a network of efficient, value-based neighborhood hospitals and acute care facilities. The Emerus network brings high-quality, patent-centric acute episodic and ambulatory clinical services to communities across a given market. This helps patients by positioning best-in-class provider services in the communities where they work, live and play. Emerus’ distinctive level of care earned the Guardian of Excellence Award for Superior Patient Experience in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. More information is available at

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