Officials are set to mark the start of construction for a $12 million health care facility that they say will bring an additional 82 jobs to Monroe County.
Hosted by Pocono Medical Center Health System and DEPG Stroud Associates II LP, today's event for the Bartonsville Health Care Center was slated for 2 p.m. at Ichiban Steak House on Route 611 in Stroudsburg.
The 40,000-square-foot, three-story facility is designed to provide comprehensive primary medical care with all necessary providers under one roof, said Geoffrey Roche, spokesman for Pocono Health System.
Roche said the facility is particularly significant in that it would boost the economy in an ailing part of the region through the one-two punch of construction work and health care jobs.
"Monroe County still has a high unemployment rate," said Roche. "It still is the second fastest growing county in Pennsylvania. Those new employees will also be purchasing local goods in the community."
Right now, the site is a vacant patch of land near the Route 80 intersection with Route 611 in Stroudsburg.
The new facility would be located across from Pocono Medical Center's Bartonsville Immediate Care Center which will remain in operation.
"We continue to see the need to grow health care services for the residents," said Roche.
While new services have yet to be announced, Roche said the facility will offer patient/family centered care, diabetic and endocrine services, new and expanded vascular services, and a woman's breast imaging center that aims to produce rapid, immediate results, and breast care team with a breast surgeon.
For the vascular services, the site would also include a wound center with a hyperbaric chamber, a vascular lab, and a lymphedema center, said Roche.
Pocono Health System hired E.P. Guidi Inc. of Ambler to build the facility as drawn up by Buckl Architects of Easton.
DEPG is the developer, while Legend Properties Inc. is the commercial real estate company partnering with Pocono Health System.