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UPMC St. Margaret’s Community Benefits Total $20.8 Million for Fiscal Year 2014

 PITTSBURGH, June 15, 2015 UPMC St. Margaret, strengthening its community and reaffirming its role as the health care linchpin of northeast Allegheny County and the Alle-Kiski Valley, provided $20.8 million in total community benefits during fiscal year 2014, from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. That amounts to $57,000 each day for programs and services to improve the area’s health, well being, and quality of life.
UPMC St. Margaret Family Health Centers, funded by the St. Margaret Foundation to deliver primary and preventive care to patients from children to seniors in Lawrenceville, New Kensington and Bloomfield-Garfield, was part of the hospital’s $12.2 million in free and reduced cost care provided in 2014, or $33,500 per day.  
“The people of UPMC St. Margaret are proud to be a vital part of our community, and it shows not in merely numbers but in the care and relationships that you see every day in the hospital floors, the clinics, the outpatient treatment centers in Natrona Heights and Harmar, and throughout this region,” said Dave Patton, president of UPMC St. Margaret. “It is a responsibility to serve our community, but it also is our privilege.”
It is estimated the hospital’s operations contribute a $505 million total economic impact to the area. Moreover, nearly 5,000 UPMC employees reside in the neighborhoods surrounding UPMC St. Margaret, particularly in New Kensington and in the Sharpsburg/Aspinwall area where the hospital is located.
The complete UPMC 2014 Community Benefits report is now available online at, outlining $888 million in total community benefits that include: $346 million in charity care and unreimbursed amounts for programs for the poor; $345 million toward research and education; and $197 million in community health programs and contributions
The $888 million total is more than 15 percent of UPMC’s net patient revenue as UPMC continues to provide more care to the most underserved areas than any other health care institution in the region.
Among the programs offered to the community by UPMC St. Margaret with the help of the St. Margaret Foundation and other philanthropic support:
• The Bed Fund helps uninsured and underinsured patients with transportation needs as well as discounts on prescriptions, medical supplies, and equipment.
• Free Rides for Seniors and residents of Etna, Millvale and the Alle-Kiski Valley to take them to doctor’s offices and the hospital. Additionally, there is the wheelchair-accessible Care Management Transportation to assist with rides from the hospital to a nursing facility or home.
• The Living-At-Home program helps seniors to live independently by coordinating their home-delivered meals, grocery shopping and housekeeping.
• Reach Out and Read promotes early childhood literacy.
• Screenings and prevention programs are held at senior community centers and local churches.
• Flu-shot clinics, screenings from blood pressure to cancer, and Alive & Well health seminars featuring physicians and other health care professionals.
• Educational programs for health care professionals at skilled nursing and assisted living facilities.
• And among the free, specialized programs provided at the UPMC St. Margaret Family Health Centers include behavioral health support, immunizations and flu shots, after-school programs, nutrition and human sexuality materials for five City of Pittsburgh schools, and more.
UPMC St. Margaret fulfills the UPMC mission as a teaching hospital in both nursing and medicine. The School of Nursing has graduated more than 3,000 nurses, and the American Nurses Credentialing Center has awarded the hospital Magnet recognition for excellence in nursing and leadership. The hospital’s family residency program has seeded graduates in practices around Pittsburgh since its 1971 inception. And its Geriatric Fellowship Program remains one of a select few in the nation to train providers in caring for seniors.
The Commission on Cancer recognized the UPMC CancerCenter at UPMC St. Margaret for its quality care to cancer patients. And the hospital also is a leader in bariatrics, orthopaedics, and lung and thoracic diseases.
“Since sitting down less than two years ago with community leaders and public health experts to formally produce our Community Health Needs Assessment, we continue to work to identify local health needs and improve in areas of great interest to the people of our area: senior health, caring for an aging population, health and wellness, preventive screenings, and end-of-life care,” Patton said. “Our commitment is to the people of this area, to our neighbors, for today and tomorrow and generations to come.”

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