County to sign application for ER addition funds

By Randy Bartley

Staff Writer

CLARION

The Clarion County Commissioners are expected today (Sept. 10) to approve a resolution that will provide funding for an addition to the Clarion Hospital's Emergency Room.

The resolution will authorize the county to apply for a Commonwealth Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant in the amount of $1 million dollars.

The Commonwealth had previously notified the Clarion Healthcare System that Gov. Tom Wolf had authorized the funds for the project. The county is the eligible applicant for the hospital who is the "sub-applicant."

Clarion County Commissioner Ted Tharan said the money was "flow through" funding meaning the county does not retain any portion of the funds.

According to an earlier press release from state Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-63) and state Sen. Scott Hutchinson (R-21), the funding will be used to complete a renovation of the current emergency room, permitting the hospital to see additional patients and meet the current demand for emergency services.

Specifically, the waiting room will be expanded and three more exam rooms added.

Anticipated enhancements include space and design elements to improve patient safety, privacy, access and experience.

The overall project cost is estimated at $2 million.

According to estimates, the project will create 25 construction jobs while offering a much-needed boost to the local economy.

Additionally, the project will ensure that the current 500 employees of the hospital will continue to be gainfully employed.