DuBois, PA – Business owners and community members came out to meet with members of Penn Highlands yesterday to get how the new 8-part expansion project might provide a boost to our towns and our economy.

The $111 million project is set to be completed over the next three years, with most of the major projects happening at the DuBois hospital campuses.

The projects include:

  • expansion and renovation of the Penn Highlands DuBois East behavioral health facility
  • a new five-story annex at Penn Highlands DuBois West
  • a new Emergency Department that will serve as a Level III trauma center at the DuBois West campus
  • a new three-story building housing Centers of Excellence in orthopedics, pediatrics and women’s health
  • Emergency Department renovations at Penn Highlands Clearfield
  • a new three-story Brookville Medical Office Building
  • renovations at Pinecrest Manor
  • a new two-story Clarion Outpatient Facility

By 2021, an estimated 369 jobs are expected to be created. 195 of them will be professionals (physicians, APPs,  RNs, CRNAs, therapists, social services), 86 will be technical or support roles (clerks, schedulers, techs, aides, sitters), 23 will be food service jobs, 46 will be environmental services, 6 will be maintenance, and 13 will be security.

Listen to the full interview with Steve Fontaine, the CEO of Penn Highlands. Fontaine says it’ll add nearly 400 jobs at Penn Highlands itself, but it will also affect the economy beyond the hospital walls.

John Sutika, the president of Penn Highlands DuBois, says our area is in desperate need of more mental health services. Listen to his interview.

You can see a video of the presentation and Q&A session about the hospital projects at our Facebook page.

The Business Connections Luncheon, with guests Steve Fontaine and John Sutika from Penn Highlands Healthcare talking about their 3-year expansion project.

Posted by Connect FM on Thursday, 6 September 2018

Photo left to right: John Sutika (president of Penn Highlands DuBois), Jodi August (director of Greater Area DuBois Chamber of Commerce), and Steve Fontaine (CEO of Penn Highlands Healthcare)

Penn Highlands Hospital Expansion Meeting