PinnacleHealth announced its plans Wednesday to expand access into Perry County with the construction of a new primary and specialty care facility — The Medical Professional Center — in Newport.
“PinnacleHealth is pleased to partner with the other health care providers in Newport to bring expanded and comprehensive outpatient health care to the Perry County residents,” said Michael A. Young, president and CEO for PinnacleHealth
. “Adding increased access to primary care and outpatient services is part of PinnacleHealth’s implementation plan based on the recent Community Health Needs Assessment completed in 2012.”
, along with Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Holy Spirit Hospital, participated in the year-long Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) throughout 2012. The results shed light on high rates of heart disease and obesity in Perry County, as well as a lack of outpatient centers in the immediate area.
The new center will not only tackle these specific issues, but also fulfill the top three priorities identified through the CHNA: promotion of healthy lifestyles, health education and access to affordable health care.
“The decision to increase access to quality health care was the result of both Community Needs Assessment, which verified the need for more services in Perry County, and PinnacleHealth’s strategic vision to increase proximity to care,” said Kelly McCall, public relations coordinator for PinnacleHealth. “Ten minutes to a PinnacleHealth primary care physician (PCP), 20 minutes to outpatient facility and 30 minutes to a hospital and emergency services.”
The Medical Professional Center will be located on Shortcut Road and offer lease space for primary and specialty care, including imaging, orthopedics, urology and laboratory services.