PinnacleHealth, which has been expanding across Central Pennsylvania, has decided to make an investment close to its home base.
The Harrisburg-based health system is moving forward with plans to open a 3,000-square-foot primary-care medical office on the first floor of Strawberry Square in downtown Harrisburg.
The new practice, which will be called PinnacleHealth Strawberry Square FamilyCare, will open in mid-November for appointments and walk-in visits, according to Brad Jones, president and CEO of Harristown Enterprises, owner of the mixed-use complex.
Discussions about a PinnacleHealth medical practice in the Square have been occurring for awhile, he said. The arrival of a new Rite Aid store may have finally sealed the deal.
“This new facility will provide a tremendously convenient health and wellness option for the growing downtown workforce and the many existing and new residents that call downtown home,” Jones said.
PinnacleHealth Medical Group President Robert Nielsen said the decision to open to the full-service practice downtown is part of the organization’s “long-standing commitment to the health and well-being of the city.”
As it grows its footprint regionally, PinnacleHealth hopes to continue expanding access to primary-care physicians, he said, especially near large employers.
There is a large contingent of state government workers downtown who already rely on PinnacleHealth as a health care provider and could benefit from easier access, Nielsen said.
The new office also could help divert other people from using the emergency room or an urgent-care facility as an alternative to primary care services, he said. “This will be an important part of our plan of how we serve a large population.”
Construction costs for the new PinnacleHealth were not disclosed. Silver Spring Township-based R.S. Mowery & Sons, which does business as Mowery, is handling the construction for the project.
The new practice will have six exam rooms, a community/conference room, a patient check-in and waiting area, a laboratory area and several offices. The facility will occupy the space adjacent to the indoor entrance to Rite Aid and the former Modern Jewelers space.
Modern Jewelers is being relocated to the another space next to the PSECU branch in Strawberry Square, according to Harristown.
Earlier this year, Pinnacle acquired four midstate hospitals from Tennessee-based Community Health Systems Inc.