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Corry Memorial Hospital (CMH), an affiliate of LECOM Health, held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Corry Medical Arts Building (MAB) which will house the Corry Rural Health Clinic. The Rural Health Clinic will house both primary care and specialty physician offices. Construction of the nearly 10,000 square-foot building will start in early November and be completed by June 2019.

According to Jasen Diley, Vice President of LECOM Health, “The facility will enhance the exceptional quality already found at our modern hospital. The physicians will have access to better facilities, better equipment, benefitting the people of Corry and the surrounding communities that receive their care at CMH.”

CMH President Barbara Nichols explained that growth has been in the works since the planning stages for the new hospital several years ago. “The hospital would be the anchor and additional health related facilities would be built around it,” she said. “We made a decision to secure the presence of the hospital in the community and to further explore the development of a health and wellness community around it and to enhance services for our patients.”

Roth Marz Partnership designed the state-of-the-art Medical Arts Building to connect directly to and blend seamlessly with CMH. The building features 22 exam/treatment rooms that provide physicians and patients an exceptional environment for healthcare delivery. The multi-disciplinary clinic will provide a broad spectrum of care including OB-GYN, Orthopedic Surgery, Endocrinology, General Surgery, Urology, Podiatry, Geriatrics and Internal Medicine, and Family Medicine.

The new building also has a multi-purpose conference room that can be used for physician and patient consultations and will serve as a teaching center for LECOM students and residents.

LECOM Health and CMH will employ 18 full time equivalent physicians and staff with an annual payroll of $2.6 million Dollars. CMH is investing $3.2 million dollars to construct and equip the Medical Arts Building. In August, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that the project will be partially funded by a $1 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant.

Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin joined with hospital officials and local leaders to break ground for the MAB. “When we strengthen public health in an area, we’re doing so much more than making people healthier – we’re improving quality of life for residents, and we’re helping the community grow and thrive,” Secretary Davin said. “The Wolf Administration is proud to support projects like this that will increase access to public health services in the Corry area.”

Among the guests at today’s ceremony were Pennsylvania Senator Michelle Brooks, Pennsylvania Representative Curt Sonney, Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper, Corry Mayor David Mitchell, and Erie County Councilman Scott Rastetter.

Building Systems, Inc. has been hired as general contractor to begin construction this month.