Published October 13, 2009 02:38 pm - "It's a celebration of economic development success," said Jerry Alonge, chief executive officer of Vantage Health Care.
"It's a celebration of economic development success," said Jerry Alonge, chief executive officer of Vantage Health Care.
On Thursday, Vantage
marks the opening of its new national $7 million headquarters building at 1305 S. Main St. in Meadville - having completed renovations to a three-story, 66,000-square-foot building that once was a boiler factory and later a manufacturing plant for Talon Inc.
, the Meadville-based zipper maker.
The project was carried out over the past 18 months by Vantage
, a for-profit company owned by 13 nonprofit community hospitals in the region, including Meadville Medical Center
and Titusville Area Hospital
It puts about 250 of Vantage's
approximately 400 employees working within the city, Alonge
In mid-September, workers moved into the building that houses nine of the firm's 12 divisions.
Started in 1984, Vantage
provides numerous traditionally outsourced health care services including group
purchasing of supplies, an institutional pharmacy providing service to a variety of facilities, a linen service, home infusion services and others to serve its hospital-based partnership.
"We want to make Meadville home," said Alonge
"It's the quality of life - the small-town atmosphere.
"We had a responsibility to ask for it, but the city could not afford to do it and we understand that," Alonge