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Pocono Health Center plans urgent care center along Rt. 209

Published July 09. 2013 05:02PM

An urgent care center may be coming to the West End.

The Chestnuthill Township planning commission recommended that the supervisors approve the building plan by Pocono Health System for a facility to be built on Route 209 near Lake Mineola Road in Brodheadsville. There are still some minor issues that need to be addressed but the board will meet on Monday, July 15, and expect to approve the final plan.

The proposed facility will be 30,000 square feet. The two-story building's first floor will be 18,000 sq. ft. and the second story will be 12,000 sq. ft. It will be an urgent care center with a range of outpatient services in pediatrics, ob/gyn, surgical specialists, psychology, cardiology and orthopedics, to name a few. The budget is $6 million.

The project received a $600,000 grant to improve the Lake Mineola Road.

Resident Stuart Thody asked what kind of traffic issues this facility will present and if there would be a traffic light installed.

Twp. engineer Chris O'Donnell said that a traffic study did not trigger any need for a signal at this time.

Steve Cunningham, PHS's vice president, said that the land for the new center was donated to PHS by ESSA Bank & Trust nine years ago to build a medical facility to help the community.

"We were invited by the supervisors to work together to expedite the process before we even began. We're excited about coming to the West End community," he said.

Chris Eckert, supervisor, said that sometimes the township supervisors get blamed for the hold up of plans and accused of trying to keep businesses out.

"But when all the requirements are met, as in your case, plans can go through quicker," he told Cunningham.

If the plan is given final approval, building could begin as early as next month with a completion date of sometime by the end of 2014.

A member of the public asked if Pocono Medical Center will be merging with St. Luke's Health Network of Bethlehem and Cunningham replied that he hears that all the time.

"It's not true," he said.

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