Future clinic site

A parcel of land at the corner of Theatre Drive and Eisenhower Boulevard in Richland Township will be the location of Dr. Samir Hadeed’s new heart and vascular center. June 30, 2016.

A new $3.7 million cardiovascular outpatient center in Richland is being built to embrace the future of medical care, its sponsor says.

The new location for Dr. Samir Hadeed’s Johnstown Heart and Vascular Center will provide a full range of outpatient services to treat conditions related to the heart and circulatory system, Hadeed said. 

“It is going to have a complete cardiovascular diagnostics program with stress tests, ultrasounds and vascular studies,” Hadeed said.

“We’ll also have interventional vascular outpatient surgery center.”

The health care industry is emphasizing outpatient services whenever possible as a way to reduce costs. 

An eight-bed monitoring unit in the Richland center will serve as a pilot program to address one expensive and life-threatening area of heart disease. The congestive heart failure program is being developed in coordination with insurance companies and other payers, Hadeed said. 

“We want to recognize the early stages of (heart failure), instead of waiting until they are too sick and have to be hospitalized,” he said. 

Patients will be monitored from eight to 10 hours on an outpatient basis, with treatment through medication and imaging diagnostics in some cases, Hadeed said. 

“Congestive heart failure is a major, major problem for insurance companies and hospitals,” he said. “We can treat them on an outpatient basis and they go home the same day.”

The new location will serve as a central hub for Johnstown Heart and Vascular Center, which has satellite offices in Somerset, Northern Cambria and Windber.

Hadeed said the new Richland facility will employ at least five more people than the 16 at his current center in the Commerce Centre in the Cambria City section of Johnstown. 

Although no prosective tenants have been named, Commerce Centre property manager Amanda Fowler said owners are hopeful another medical professional will be interested in leasing the facility.

“Dr. Hadeed has done a lot of remodeling with the building,” Fowler said. “It’s a very good building.”

Randy Griffith is a multimedia reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at 532-5057. Follow him on Twitter @PhotoGriffer57.

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