Penn Highlands gets preliminary OK for building

From staff reports

The Clarion County Planning Commission last week gave preliminary approval for a new two-story, 17,048-square-foot medical building in Monroe Township.

Phase one of the Penn Highlands Healthcare project would be built along Route 68, and would be adjacent to Pizza Hut on the top of the hill where the C&K office building once stood.

Steve Fontaine, CEO of Penn Highlands Healthcare, discussed plans for Clarion in November at the 100th anniversary celebration of Brookville Hospital, now known as Penn Highlands Brookville.

Penn Highlands Health announced last year a $111 million system master facilities plan that includes Clarion.

The new Clarion building would house a QCare walk-in clinic with ancillary services, such as imaging and lab, according to information previously released by Penn Highlands. Primary and specialty care super clinics would house multiple providers.

The building also would be able to support virtual care to the extent that it could be called a virtual hospital.

Virtual clinics would allow specialty providers to reach out to patients and provide care at any time from multiple locations, which would minimize the need for patients in the Clarion region to travel.

The project also includes a paved parking lot with 116 spaces that could also be used by a Phase Two building.