UPMC Northwest ready to buy
former QS Innovation Center building
The Derrick, 10/31/01 By JUDITH O. ETZEL
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BUILDING WILL PROBABLY BE USED TO HOUSE VARIOUS HOSPITAL SUPPORT FUNCTIONS.
A vacant Cranberry
Township building is poised to become part of the $65 million UPMC Northwest
There is a deal pending
to sell the former Quaker State Innovation Center along Route 257 to UPMC
Northwest to house various hospital support functions. Those typically would be
billing, accounting, payroll, maintenance and purchasing operations.
The sale is expected to
be completed by the end of the year, according to both Northwest Health System
and Houston-based Pennzoil-Quaker State Co., which owns the property. Neither
the buyer nor the seller would reveal the purchase price.
The building, empty
since March 1999, was put on the market 18 months ago for $595,000. A group of
private investors initially appeared interested in buying the property, but a
deal never materialized. Some time later, Cranberry Area School District eyed
the property for use as an administrative office and storage facility, but that
effort also fizzled.
UPMC Northwest and
Pennzoil-Quaker State have reportedly been negotiating the sale for several
weeks. The purchase agreement will be finalized once various property studies,
including standard environmental tests, are completed.
The pending acquisition
of the former oil company property marks the first physical extension of the
much anticipated hospital building project not too far away along Route 257.
The formal merger of
Pittsburgh-based UPMC and Northwest Health System next month will launch the
construction of a new 110-bed hospital on a 144-acre tract just off Route 257.
Last month, hospital officials said they had acquired an additional 21 acres
adjacent to a 123-acre parcel the health facility already owned.
While the bulk of the
UPMC Northwest health services will be in the new hospital, some will be
relegated to the former Quaker State building as well as two other sites, the
Rowe Building in Oil City and the West Unit at Franklin. Those services could
include rehabilitation, administration, accounting and other non-medical
Hospital officials say
plans are still very tentative and could change as the final touches are put on
the main building outline.
hospitals in Oil City and Franklin will remain open and functioning until the
new hospital is completed. Construction is expected to take three years.