Allegheny Health Network (AHN) and its parent company Highmark Health have unveiled plans to construct a cancer institute at their Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) in Pennsylvania, US.
The establishment of institute will be part of a two-year, $200m investment by AHN to strengthen its cancer treatment services in Western Pennsylvania.
Plans also include construction of additional community cancer treatment centres, investments in new technologies, and an expansion of Highmark and AHN’s relationship with the Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Apart from the institute, AHN will establish approximately a half dozen community-based cancer treatment centers across region. The new facilities are expected to provide up to 175 new health care jobs.
Groundbreaking on the institute is expected by the end of 2017.
Highmark Health president and CEO David Holmberg said: “Highmark Health and Allegheny Health Network are committed to ensuring that all cancer patients in the regions we serve have convenient, affordable access to the highest level of cancer care possible.
“By almost every measure, the cancer program at Allegheny Health Network has long been one of the nation’s best in terms of the quality and sophistication of the care it provides. Today we are taking a major step forward to further strengthen that tradition in order to meet the market demand of our patients, members and communities in the years ahead.”