Highmark Health and Allegheny Health Network (AHN) have unveiled a transformative $1bn project to upgrade AHN’s flagship academic medical centre, Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US.   

The ten-year initiative will see the construction of a new cardiovascular tower and emergency department, as well as several significant renovations to enhance the hospital’s clinical, care delivery, and technological capabilities. 

The focal point of the AGH campus transformation is the new patient tower, which will become the home of the AHN Cardiovascular Institute (CVI).  

This facility will be dedicated to advanced medical, diagnostic, and surgical care for heart and vascular disease patients, including those needing transplants.  

Positioned next to the AGH Academic Cancer Center, the CVI tower’s construction is expected to begin in early 2025, with the opening targeted for 2030. 

Once open, the CVI tower will feature more than 100 private inpatient beds and dedicated areas for procedures such as cardiac catheterisation, electrophysiology, wound care, cardiac surgery, and stress echocardiography.  

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It will also include a cardiovascular intensive care unit, physician offices, multi-disciplinary cardiovascular clinics, and a cardiac rehabilitation programme for outpatients.  

On the ground floor, the new tower will include the hospital’s expanded emergency department. 

The CVI tower and emergency department will be co-designed with the help of feedback from patients and caregivers to ensure that their perspectives are included in the design process.  

In-patient rooms will offer ample space and advanced digital capabilities for virtual consultations and to allow family participation in care discussions. 

To minimise the disruption, construction of the facility will proceed in phases, starting with the expansion of the emergency and trauma services and rerouting of patient and ambulance traffic.  

This strategic development will also enable the repositioning of other medical disciplines and services, paving the way for further capital investments.  

These include the modernisation of operating rooms, the transition to all-private inpatient rooms, lobby and common space upgrades, and the construction of a new medical office building. 

AHN Cardiovascular Institute chair Stephen Bailey said: “This beautiful new facility will surround patients and their families with every resource in one central location on our campus, including highly specialised outpatient clinics and state-of-the-art inpatient and procedural suites equipped with the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic technologies available.”