Meadville, PA - Meadville Medical Center (MMC) announced today its preliminary plans for the development of a new medical complex, Vernon Place, to be located on Route 322 across from the Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute. Vernon Place, potentially opening in late 2014, will offer the highest quality outpatient medical services in one convenient location.
"After years of planning, Meadville Medical Centeris pleased to be embarking on a new and exciting path for offering comprehensive outpatient services in Vernon Township," noted Phillip Pandolph, MMC CEO. "This new strategy focuses not only on improved patient and family healthcare experiences, but also extends to better outcomes that can be achieved in a more affordable manner."
Barry Bittman, MD, MMC Chief Innovations Officer added, "through an ongoing dedicated commitment to best serving our community, we recognize the need to shift to more convenient and cost effective quality outpatient services. In an era of challenging healthcare reform, as a non-profit community hospital, we must evolve to provide exemplary patient-centered healthcare services in non-hospital settings."
"Vernon Placehas been designed to be progressively expanded to include a wide-ranging spectrum of outpatient services and commercial development in a delightful village-like setting with convenient access and parking," added Anne White, Director of MMC's Facilities Development Committee. "We envision this medical village as a community focal point for health, with an emphasis on prevention and wellness. From comprehensive medical care that includes both exercise and nutrition to multifaceted diagnostic and rehabilitation services, Vernon Place is certain to extend the highest quality healthcare to those we are privileged to serve."
"Based onMMC's long-term strategy to develop this property for our community, we have contacted Kmart and advised them that in five years we will not continue their lease beyond June 2017," added Rene Suntay, MMC CFO."We appreciate theirpresence in our community over the term of the lease and have offered them assistance in finding a suitable location in a timely manner."
"MMC's Board of Directors is pleased to begin this exciting project that will provide wonderful opportunities for convenient patient and family-centered outpatient services," added Judy Sickles, MMC Board Chairman. "As this project evolves, we will continue to update our community with progress reports."