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UPMC Passavant Evolves from Community Hospital to World-Class Tertiary Care Center

New Patient Pavilion Opens

McCANDLESS, Pa., March 15, 2010 – UPMC Passavant has opened its long-awaited new seven-story Patient Pavilion, home to top community-based physicians joined by renowned UPMC physicians and surgeons, together providing highly advanced cancer, cardiac and spine care.

After four years of planning and construction, the 220,000-square-foot addition with state-of-the-art surgical and medical equipment, is part of UPMC Passavant’s evolution from a community hospital to a world-class tertiary care center that is attracting patients from around the region and country for advanced specialty care. The hospital’s inpatient volume has grown more than 30 percent over the past six years. The number of inpatients and outpatients who come to UPMC Passavant from outside of Allegheny County and outside of the state has doubled during this time period.

The pavilion also houses an expanded emergency department, the newest technologies for education, and is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified, with many new comforting amenities for patients and families.

“With the addition of advanced specialty services and new technology to meet the needs of our growing local community over the past several years, UPMC Passavant is growing well beyond its historical role as a traditional community hospital. Many of the same top UPMC physicians and surgeons who perform highly-specialized procedures in the city also now perform them at Passavant,” said Teresa Petrick, president of UPMC Passavant.

“At the same time,” Ms. Petrick said, “advanced tertiary care does not overshadow the importance of providing our patients and families with the most welcoming environment possible. This includes concierge and valet services, easy-to-understand signage, patient and family resource centers, comfortable waiting and respite rooms, and even a family convenience area with a private bathroom and shower.” Along with the new pavilion construction, the hospital’s entrance and exit routes have been redesigned and reconstructed to make arrivals and departures easier. By spring, a healing garden will be completed to provide a quiet outdoor sanctuary for patients and visitors. The pavilion’s 88 private patient rooms, clinical care areas and nursing stations all have been designed for optimal patient comfort and safety with input from the physicians, nurses, clinical team members, as well as patients and families.

“UPMC Passavant combines the best of both worlds – the strength, specialty expertise and vast resources of UPMC with the insight of our community-based clinicians and community hospital comforts – to provide more complete care for a greater number of patients,” said William Kristan, M.D., UPMC Passavant medical staff president and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine.

The New Patient Pavilion

As the first LEED-certified hospital addition in the North Hills, the new pavilion’s features include natural lighting, non-toxic materials, water conservation method and special lighting designed to reduce light pollution.

UPMC Cancer Center at UPMC Passavant

The first floor of the new pavilion provides 27,000-square-feet of increased capacity for the UPMC Cancer Center at UPMC Passavant, tripling its size, offering medical, radiation and surgical oncology services by experts of UPMC Cancer Centers and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, the region’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Features include:  New clinical space for advanced tertiary services to treat breast, lung, esophageal, upper gastrointestinal, pancreas, colorectal and liver cancer; a separate and dedicated outside elevator for cancer patients; separate waiting areas for radiation and chemotherapy patients; windows in all chemo-infusion rooms for improved visibility and natural lighting; a cancer resource library, and more. High-end treatment modalities include:  4D respiratory-gated and intensity modulated radiation therapies, and on-board imaging to improve tumor targeting and treatment.

Emergency Department

The expansion adds 21,000-square-feet to the first-floor Emergency Department (ED), increasing the hospital’s capacity from 35,000 to 60,000 visits annually. Features include:  “Fast track” area for minor medical issues; dedicated “fast track” imaging services to minimize wait times; 26 acute treatment rooms; a 10-bed observation area; designated area for critical heart patients; three new trauma rooms; and Austin’s Playroom for children in the waiting area, donated by the Mario Lemieux Foundation. The ED also features a stroke telemedicine program, whereby UPMC Passavant ED physicians have immediate, 24-hour-access to experts at the UPMC Stroke Institute in Oakland through videoconferencing technology.

Surgical Services

The pavilion’s second floor has six new operating rooms for advanced vascular, neurosurgery and oncology cases. Two of the new rooms are dedicated to image-guided procedures. A hybrid angiography suite is revolutionary in that it enables vascular surgeons to do both open and minimally invasive cardiovascular procedures at the same time in the same room. It is the only operating room in the region where surgeons essentially can do an angiogram, an operation and a CT scan in the same setting, improving efficient care for patients. Another room with a 64-slice CT Scanner also provides the capability to perform open procedures in the same setting. Spine surgeons have access to real-time, integrated 3-D imaging, which can increase the accuracy of stabilization techniques, minimize operating time and enable surgeons to perform more complex procedures. Other surgical suite features are:  On-site pharmacy, blood bank and pathology labs for improved efficiency; videoconferencing technology for teaching; expanded recovery room and family waiting area space.

Inpatient Floors

The third floor adds 16 critical care rooms for cardiothoracic patients, where nurse and physician work stations are located right outside patient rooms within view of the patients through glass. The critical care rooms were designed to improve patient safety, reduce noise and accommodate family members and visitors.

The fourth, fifth and sixth floors contain spacious private patient rooms designed for patient and family comfort and safety, including floor-to-ceiling windows, sleeper sofas and large bathrooms. Each room is Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant and feature three “zones” built to suit the individual needs of the patient, clinical care team and family.

Cumberland Road

As part of the new pavilion project, UPMC Passavant provided McCandless Township with a new public road, Cumberland Road, which connects Babcock Boulevard with Peebles Road. The road provides an east-to-west connector that previously didn’t exist in the local area. Cumberland Road is an important thoroughfare particularly for UPMC Passavant and Emergency Medical Service agencies to provide the quickest, most efficient service to the local community.

The total cost of the new pavilion construction, hospital entrance and exit renovation, and Cumberland Road construction was $140 million.

For more information, visit the web site about UPMC Passavant's new Patient Pavillion.

About UPMC

UPMC is an $8 billion integrated global health enterprise headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is one of the leading nonprofit health systems in the United States. As western Pennsylvania’s largest employer, with 50,000 employees, UPMC is transforming the economy of the region into one based on medicine, research and technology. By integrating 20 hospitals, 400 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, long-term care facilities and a major health insurance services division, and in collaboration with its academic partner, the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC has advanced the quality and efficiency of health care and developed internationally renowned programs in transplantation, cancer, neurosurgery, psychiatry, orthopaedics and sports medicine, among others. UPMC is commercializing its medical and technological expertise by nurturing new companies, developing strategic business relationships with some of the world’s leading multinational corporations, and expanding into international markets, including Italy, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Cyprus, Qatar and Japan.

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