First Look: Allegheny Health Network’s AHN Wexford Hospital

WEXFORD, Pa. — When Allegheny Health Network’s new 160-bed hospital opens next week, it’ll have the benefit of years of thought put into the design and operation, as well as state-of-the-art equipment and a concierge-style experience.

The hospital has been several years under construction, even during the pandemic. And integral to the design phase was a period of time when a cardboard mockup of key aspects of the hospital design was built in a warehouse in Zelienople. That gave AHN doctors and nurses, the people who would use the hospital, the chance to actually try out the design, years before it would become reality.

“Building a new hospital obviously is very complex, we learned that over the past four years,” said Dr. Allan Klapper, the hospital’s president. “A lot of work with design, operations, education, building a foundation of excellence and reliability. But then add in a pandemic.”

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