St. Clair Hospital expansion gets $1 million gift from Richard King Mellon Foundation

The St. Clair Hospital Foundation has received a $1 million donation from the Richard King Mellon Foundation to help build a state-of-the-art outpatient center for the hospital’s main campus in Mt. Lebanon.

The money is earmarked for what will be called the Dunlap Family Outpatient Center.

The donation brings to $28 million the total in grants and private gifts toward the $142 million project. The development, largest in the hospital’s history, is intended to meet growing patient demand and adapt to trends in health care nationally, officials said Friday in announcing the gift.

Construction is underway, and planners hope to open the outpatient building in late 2020.

The Outpatient Center, a six-story structure, will be connected to the hospital on two levels and will house clinical spaces, including pre- and post-op suites, officials said. Comprehensive diagnostic services and physician offices also are included.

The development is the first building construction at the main campus since the 1970s.

“The Richard King Mellon Foundation has a long and storied history of philanthropy that enhances the health and welfare of men, women and children throughout the region,” said Dr. G. Alan Yeasted, senior vice president and chief medical officer emeritus at St. Clair Hospital.

“St. Clair is honored and humbled to be recognized with a grant from such an august organization and we are committed to creating an Outpatient Center that will uphold the Foundation’s mission and legacy of improving quality of life and standards of health care throughout southwestern Pennsylvania,” he added.

The Pittsburgh-based foundation is the largest grant-making philanthropy in the region. Its assets total $2.5 billion.

Tax-exempt bonds and retained earnings will meet the rest of the project’s cost, according to Friday’s announcement.

By Bill Schackner – Reporter, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette