WHS to break ground for new outpatient center

Washington Health System to break ground for new outpatient center

September 8, 2013
A rendering of the Washington Health System/Tri-State Surgery outpatient center and offices that will be located in the Meadows Landing development

Washington Health System will break ground next Monday for its new outpatient center in the Meadows Landing development in South Strabane Township.

According to a news release from WHS, the groundbreaking for the two-story outpatient center, surgery center and medical office building will be held on its future site facing Route 19 south, directly across the highway from U-Haul Moving & Storage of Washington.

In August 2011, Dr. Howard Goldberg notified the Securities and Exchange Commission he was raising $2.47 million for his Harmony Medical Holdings to relocate and expand the Tri-State Surgery Center and medical offices of Washington Ear Nose & Throat. The center, which opened on Leonard Avenue in 2004, will move into the Meadows Landing project, with a new address to be known as 80 Landings Road.

No information was available on when construction will be completed.

Harmony Medical plans a new surgery center of about 19,000 square feet of a total of 45,000 to 50,000 square feet. In addition to offices for Washington Ear, Nose and Throat, the remainder of the two-story building is reserved for the WHS Women’s Diagnostic Center, as well as the offices of Southwestern Gastroenterology Oncology Associates; Keystone Anesthesia Associates and other physicians’ offices to be determined.

Washington Health System will be a minority owner in the building.

Meadows Landing is a project being developed by Pittsburgh attorneys Hal Kestler and Gerald Cipriani.

The two partners purchased the 204-acre site from Reservation Development Corp. in 2006, and formed Meadows Landing Associates.

A site plan for the development was approved by South Strabane Township supervisors in 2007.

When Meadows Landing originally announced Harmony Medical’s project in early 2012, Cipriani noted that despite owning the property for more than five years, he and Kestler decided to ride out the recession that began at the end of 2007.

Meadows Landing Associates also is building the new home of Washington Area Teachers Federal Credit Union at the site.

AWHR acquired

Direct Energy, one of North America’s largest competitive energy and energy-related services companies, has agreed to acquire Southpointe-based America’s Water Heater Rentals, L.L.C., from MWHR, a U.S. based investment entity, for $30 million.

AWHR, headquartered at 135 Technology Drive, is the largest independent water heater rental business in the U.S. and provides rentals, as well as related repair and maintenance services, to 80,000 residential customers in the Midwest, Florida and U.S. Northeast. Direct Energy is a leading provider of water heater rental services in Ontario, Canada, where it has 1.1 million customers.

Plenty of Peters pizza

Peters Township is not shaped like a boot. But it may morph into that form if the taste of Italy becomes more prominent.

Still another pizza restaurant will be coming. Pizza Al’s plans to open the second week of October, said Paul Findley, who will manage the site on Washington Road. It is renovating a building on the southbound side between the Arby’s and Wendy’s restaurants.

This will be one of three pizza facilities to start up within two months along a 3/4-mile stretch of Route 19. Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza opened recently near Canonsburg Lake and Fiori’s Pizzaria plans to open on the north side of the highway in mid-October.

Pizza Al’s restaurant has two other sites, both in Morgantown, W.Va. The initial one debuted in that toddlin’ university town in 1969, the second about three years ago.

Albino Roberti – Pizza Al – is the owner. The menu features pizza, of course, plus calzones, salads and sandwiches. Findley said Pizza Al’s takes pride in “feeding people a good portion for a good price.” Its signature item is a 20-inch pizza ($9.50 without toppings), which, he said, “is pretty much the biggest pizza in Morgantown.”

Peters, apparently, was an easy selection for store No. 3. “We were looking to expand and location was a big deal,” Findley said. “Peters Township came up because of the reputation the community has and there lot of people there.”

For more information, go to pizzaals.com.

The Peters phone number is 724-942-3434.

Rick Shrum joined the Observer-Reporter as a reporter in 2012, after serving as a section editor, sports reporter and copy editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Rick has won seven individual writing awards, including two Golden Quills.

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