The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new space on Penn Avenue.

On Tuesday, Allegheny Health Network (AHN) and Highmark health opened a new medical center to serve Downtown Pittsburgh.

The new facility, located at 501 Penn Avenue, already includes a team of primary care physicians, x-ray facilities, and physical therapy services. The site was formerly a Joseph Horne Co. department store.

The center will also be adding to its roster of specialists over the coming year, particularly in the field of women’s health, according to a statement released by Allegheny Health Network.

“Allegheny Health Network is committed to providing high-quality care when and where it is most convenient for our patients,” said Cynthia Hundorfean, AHN president and CEO.

“Like all of the communities we serve, the health and wellness of those who live and work in the greater Downtown area is very important to us. With this new center now just a short walk or commute away for many, we look forward to meeting their health care needs with the exceptional quality and service they deserve.”

According to data from the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, more than 15,000 people live in the Downtown Pittsburgh area, a 40 percent increase since 2010.

The new center is only one part of a $1.3 billion expansion the health provider is making across the region. In addition to the Downtown center, construction recently began on a 160-bed hospital in Pine Township and a health and wellness center in Erie. In July, they added an outpatient medical center in the Westmoreland Mall.

Bill O'Toole

Bill O'Toole was a full-time reporter for NEXTpittsburgh until October, 2019. He previously reported in Myanmar.