MOUNT PLEASANT (KDKA) — A multi-million dollar upgrade to Excela Health’s Frick Hospital in Mount Pleasant is an economic boost to southern Westmoreland and northern Fayette Counties.

The project, says Mike Busch, Excela’s chief operating officer, is “$12 million in the modernization of this campus to transition the campus from a hospital to a full-service medical mall where we’ll have multi-specialty physicians here practicing on the campus as well as many other medical services all under one roof.”

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It’s a three-phase project that will modernize the emergency department, the main entrance, patient rooms, and add specialists in a variety of medical fields.

As part of Phase 1, the third floor has already been renovated, and the hope is to have the whole hospital completed in just three years.

This will be Excela’s second medical mall — the latest in customer-driven medical services — basically, one-stop shopping from out-patient doctor’s appointments to diagnosis to imaging and other testing to day surgery to overnight in-patient care.

“We’ll have them here on this campus under the same roof,” says Busch.

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It’s welcome news to Mount Pleasant Mayor Jerry Lucia, who says rumors of the hospital’s closing were widespread.

“For the last seven years that rumor has always been there,” the mayor noted. “This will be great news for the community because Excela is our largest employer in Mount Pleasant Borough.”

With 4,600 employees system-wide, Excela’s surgery centers and three hospitals make it Westmoreland County’s largest employer, and this hospital serves over 90,000 people.

“We think this modernization and development will encourage people to engage in their health care,” added Busch.

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