Monroe County-based Pocono Health System is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony this morning for the West End Healthcare Center at Route 209 next to the ESSA Bank and Trust in Brodheadsville.
The plan calls for a 30,000-square foot, two-story facility at a budget of $6 million, plus soft costs, said Geoffrey Roche, community/government relations coordinator for Pocono Health System.
The proposed center will be near Lake Mineola Road and will have a proactive approach to care, with a strong emphasis on primary care, Roche told Lehigh Valley Business.
The primary care provider will coordinate a range of services to prevent costly hospital stays, he added. Services include urgent care, pediatrics, ob/gyn, surgical specialists, cardiology and rehab services.
Pocono Health System is targeting a January 2015 opening for the facility. The construction management is currently out to bid at this time, Roche said.
"The 'medical home' approach is being integrated across our health system," Roche said. "This approach is clearly in line with reducing costly hospital visits for patients, a key recommendation of the Affordable Care Act of 2010. It will have a strong focus on outpatient care management, health and wellness and prevention."
Pocono Health System's primary facilities, including Pocono Medical Center, are in East Stroudsburg.