MERCER COUNTY Primary Health to get tax-free help for project

The agency wants to buy a building it has been leasing since 1993.
WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. -- Mercer County Industrial Development Authority will help Primary Health Network of Sharon buy a new computer system and purchase medical facilities in New Castle.
The MCIDA board of directors voted Friday to lend its tax-free financing status to Primary Health so the agency can secure up to $800,000 in low-cost financing for the project.
That approval is contingent upon Primary Health's getting a signed sales agreement for the New Castle site.
The plan must win the approvals of the Mercer and Lawrence county commissioners, the Lawrence County Industrial Development Authority and the state Department of Community and Economic Development.
Jack Laeng, Primary Health executive director, said the project involves buying and making some renovations to a building at 1112 S. Mill St., which Primary Health has leased for medical and dental offices since 1993.
It also involves purchasing a new central computer system for the agency, which will be installed at its main office at 197 Silver St., Sharon, Laeng said.
Purpose: The new system will update accounting, billing, medical records and other data for Primary Health, a nonprofit corporation created to provide diagnostic treatment as well as preventive and emergency care to underserved areas in the Shenango Valley, New Castle, Sheakleyville and Linesville. Laeng put the total project cost at $981,250.
It will enable Primary Health to retain 21 jobs and create two more, he said. The project breakdown shows about $500,000 for the computer system and the rest for the building purchase and renovation. Primary Health will contribute about $195,000 to the project.

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