McCANDLESS, PA, September 20, 2007 Governor Ed Rendell joined Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato today at UPMC Passavant in McCandless, Pa., where officials broke ground on a new seven-story addition that will help UPMC Passavant continue its mission to provide cutting-edge technology and advanced specialty care close to home for residents of the North Hills and surrounding communities.
The $100 million expansion will provide increased capacity for advanced tertiary cancer care, advanced cardiovascular and neurosurgical treatments and emergency medical care. The 188,000-square-foot addition, next to the existing hospital, will take approximately two-and-a-half years to complete.
As a leading health care facility north of the city, UPMC Passavants vision is to build the hospital of the future for residents living in the communities north of Pittsburgh and beyond, said Teresa G. Petrick, president, UPMC Passavant.
Our goal is to provide patients and their families with world-class care without having to travel outside of their community, said Ms. Petrick. In addition to building a state-of-the-art facility staffed by renowned medical specialists, we also are focused on making a stay at our hospital the ultimate patient experience by offering private rooms, valet parking, concierge services and room service. We are committed to providing the highest level of patient and family focused care.
The expansion of UPMC Passavant is essential to UPMCs mission to make our world-class care accessible to outlying communities, said Elizabeth Concordia, UPMC senior vice president, Academic and Community Hospitals. By expanding the services that are offered at UPMC Passavant, the hospital will be better able to meet the increasing needs of residents living north of the City of Pittsburgh as those communities continue to grow.
In the past four years, UPMC Passavant admissions have grown by 37 percent, with roughly 3,800 increased admissions during that time period. Emergency room visits have increased by 74 percent, surgeries by 80 percent and outpatient visits by 56 percent.
To deal with these ever-increasing numbers, UPMC Passavant already has expanded the breadth of their cancer services, including high-end treatment modalities such as 4D respiratory-gated radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy and on-board imaging to improve tumor targeting and treatment. In the area of cardiac care, UPMC Passavant has opened two new catheterization labs, an electrophysiology lab and an eight-bed cardiothoracic intensive care unit.
The hospital also has expanded its scope of cardiac surgical services, bringing in specialists known for their expertise in high-end cardiac surgical procedures, including mitral valve repairs, coronary artery revascularization, aortic valve replacement and left ventricular reconstruction.
More than 80 individuals, half of whom are physicians, have worked together to develop the new addition. By working closely with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the hospital plans to bring many of the services and programs that are currently offered at UPMCs world-renowned Oakland campus to our own community, said Ms. Petrick.
As part of UPMC, we have access to vast, cutting-edge resources to complement our strong community-based medical staff, said Scott Celin, M.D., president of the UPMC Passavant Medical Staff. Right here in our own community, we will have the absolute best of both worlds.
The New Patient Pavilion
When completed, the new pavilion will provide increased capacity for the UPMC Cancer Center, emergency department and surgical services, as well as increase the number of intensive care unit beds, progressive care unit beds and medical-surgical unit beds. The pavilion will be connected to the existing hospital by glass-enclosed walkways on each floor. Each patient room will feature an outside window. A portion of the roof will be made into a green space for patients and their families.
The hospitals main entrance will be reconfigured around the existing glass rotunda. Entrances at both ends will naturally funnel visitors into the main registration area, where they will be greeted by customer service representatives and directed to their destinations. Utilizing the airport concept of separating arrivals and departures, the same design will be incorporated into the front entrance so that arriving patients and families can drop off patients in front of the hospital, while discharged patients can leave through a separate dedicated area.
Officials project that 300 health care jobs will be created by the expansion of UPMC Passavant, for a total of 2,500 employees hospital-wide. The expansion will create capacity for 88 new hospital beds, bringing the total beds to 399.
For more information, visit www.upmc.com/passavant.