UPMC to build in Pine Township

UPMC is planning to construct a medical office building in Pine Township, less than a mile from Highmark’s medical mall.

Pine supervisors approved land development plans for a two-story, 23,000-square-foot medical office building, which will be built on Route 19 near Nicolas Drive and Swinderman Road. UPMC officials were not available to comment.

UPMC’s new building will tentatively be called UPMC Passavant Spine Center, although no surgical services are planned at the facility, township officials said.

Highmark is building a $100 million, 174,000-square-foot medical mall off Wallace Road Extension, which will be keystone in the insurer’s plan to create an alternative to UPMC, the region’s dominant health care network. Four outpatient operating rooms, retail pharmacy and cancer treatment are among the services Highmark plans to offer at the facility.

UPMC dominates the health care market in North Hills, with two hospital campuses and doctors’ offices. UPMC Passavant Hospital is in McCandless and the hospital has a Cranberry Township campus off Route 19. The Highmark project is the first of its kind for the insurer in the city’s northern suburbs and it scheduled to open in the fall.

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