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Dunlap Family Outpatient Center Opens at St. Clair Health

By Nancy Kennedy

St. Clair Health is preparing for the early May opening of Dunlap Family Outpatient Center, its new, modern, multimillion dollar comprehensive outpatient center adjacent to St. Clair Hospital. The facility is a six-story, 280,000 square foot building that houses a wealth of resources and services in a beautiful environment that emphasizes convenience, ease of access, comfort and an exceptional patient experience.

At Dunlap Family Outpatient Center, comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services, including outpatient surgery, will be provided by St. Clair’s medical specialists in a spacious, state of the art building with the most up-to-date technology. Facilities will include laboratories; medical imaging; cardiac diagnostics; physical and occupational therapy and physician offices. Outpatient surgery will take place in 10 operating rooms. There are two procedure rooms and 51 pre- and post-operative rooms, and there will be a spacious endoscopy suite with six exam rooms. Other clinical programs will be featured as well.

Patients who are preparing to have surgical procedures performed at the Dunlap Family Outpatient Center will be able to have all their pre-operative testing completed in a single location: the Pre-Admission Testing Center, or PAT center. Rather than going from place to place to get bloodwork, an EKG, a chest x-ray or other pre-op testing, patients will find everything under one roof. “Our goal is to provide efficient, convenient one-stop shopping,” explains Jennifer L. Petruski, M.B.A., director of medical imaging and outpatient services for St. Clair Health. “If you need more than one service, it will all be in one building. We have an online tool where you can schedule your appointment for x-ray, bloodwork or EKG. You can check in on your cell phone and bypass any lines when you arrive. You’ll be taken right back.”

For patients with cancer, Dunlap Family Outpatient Center will provide greatly improved access to the services they need. With the relocation of medical oncology from St. Clair Outpatient Center – Village Square to the top floor of Dunlap Family Outpatient Center, the three cancer treatment services – medical oncology, surgical oncology and radiation therapy - will be united on the main campus. Radiation oncology will remain in its current location in the Hospital, just next door. Patients receiving chemotherapy infusions will be treated in the new infusion center, which has been designed to provide comfort and privacy in a bright, aerie-like setting with beautiful views through tall windows.

On the first floor, there is a Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy where patients and families can fill prescriptions immediately and avoid having to make a stop on the way home following a procedure. The Walgreens Pharmacy staff will even deliver medications directly to the patient at their bedside post-operatively through a Meds-to-Beds program that includes patient education about the medications.

Amenities at Dunlap Family Outpatient Center include Café Kara, serving beverages and chef-prepared offerings; underground parking; and valet service. State of the art architectural features provide appealing aesthetics, include a light-filled two story atrium with multiple seating options. The environment was thoughtfully designed to minimize stress for patients and families, with input from St. Clair staff.

The Dunlap Family Outpatient Center was designed by IKM, Inc. architects. It represents the Hospital’s largest expansion of its main campus in four decades. The name of the new building honors Edward B. Dunlap, Jr., his wife Anna and their family. The Dunlaps are longtime benefactors of St. Clair and they have generously provided funding for the building’s construction with the largest donation in St. Clair’s history. Edward Dunlap is the founder and chairman of the CentiMark Corporation, based in Canonsburg, Washington County, and a proprietor of Pittsburgh’s legendary LeMont restaurant on Mt. Washington. As chairman of St. Clair Health’s Groundbreaking Growth Campaign, Mr. Dunlap spearheaded a capital campaign to raise funds for the construction of the new outpatient center and an accompanying utility building.

The trend in the healthcare industry, Petruski says, is that imaging and ambulatory surgery are moving out of hospitals. “Most care is being provided in an outpatient setting and this will increase in the years ahead. At Dunlap Family Outpatient Center, you’ll be in and out faster and receive the exact same excellent quality of care as you’d find at the Hospital.”

Alan G. Yeasted, M.D., F.A.C.P., senior vice president and chief medical officer emeritus, St. Clair Health, says the opening of Dunlap Family Outpatient Center will be transformative for St. Clair. “From my standpoint, the Dunlap Family Outpatient Center will be an extremely valuable asset to the community. It adds space, enables expansion of services, fosters collaboration, and promotes a sense of community. We are very pleased with the facility and grateful to the donors who have made this possible. All credit goes to the community, who really came out in support of this project.”

To learn more about Dunlap Family Outpatient Center, visit www.stclair.org



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