UPMC Hamot Celebrates ‘Stronger Together’ at Annual Meeting
ERIE, Oct. 22, 2015
– Earlier this evening, UPMC Hamot
hosted its annual dinner and community meeting to celebrate its successes and to mark its fifth year of affiliation with UPMC
. In attendance were more than 200 individuals, including members of the UPMC Hamot Board of Directors, physicians, staff and volunteers, Hamot Health Foundation
trustees and corporators, regional health care partners, patients and community leaders.
UPMC Hamot President Jim Fiorenzo offered an overview of UPMC Hamot’s innovative collaborations and clinical advancements that contribute to its success as the region’s leading tertiary care provider. According to Fiorenzo, since the merger with UPMC in 2011, $123 million has been invested in UPMC Hamot. “We are clearly stronger together, and our community is better for it. Our leadership is quantified not only by our strong financial performance and admission numbers, but also by our clinical accomplishments,” Fiorenzo said.
As the leading health care provider in northwestern Pennsylvania, patient access to UPMC Hamot services remained high in Fiscal Year 2015, including 26,900 inpatient admission, 82,200 emergency department visits, 2,400 births, nearly 12,400 surgeries, and more than 16,500 same-day surgeries. In addition, UPMC Hamot provided more than $33 million in benefits to the community, including $23.5 million in free and reduced-cost care to the area’s most vulnerable citizens.
Highlights for UPMC Hamot from fiscal 2015 included:
- New procedures and physicians that provide highly specialized care close to home, including the first kidney transplant performed locally.
- Children’s Specialty Care Center Erie opened in the Women’s Hospital.
- UPMC Hamot Breast Center was created, merging Bayview Breast Care and UPMC Hamot Breast Imaging and providing a full spectrum of detection and treatment services in one location.
- Affiliation with Safe Harbor Behavioral Health, providing patients with greater access to comprehensive mental health services.
- Completion of $7 million, two-year renovation of four operating suites with two more operating rooms expected to be completed next fall.
- Acquisition of a second da Vinci surgical system for use in various bariatric, colon/rectal, gynecological, urological and ear, nose and throat procedures.
- Specialists, such as neurosurgeon Dr. Mark Richardson, director of Epilepsy and Movement Disorders Surgery at UPMC Presbyterian, expand our reach, capabilities and expertise.
- A first-time perfect score for Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation survey of trauma programs, making Hamot’s program one of the best in the state.
- Extensive lobby renovation and new healing garden.
Leslie Davis, senior vice president of UPMC and executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Health Services Division, spoke about the successes UPMC Hamot has achieved with the help of UPMC and the insight and advances that Hamot has brought to the UPMC system. “We work incredibly well together and are both stronger together,” said Davis.
Fiorenzo also stated that UPMC Hamot’s vision will continue to emphasize wellness, prevention, early detection and chronic disease management, and that the foundation for these requirements are in place at UPMC Hamot. He noted that several major announcements pertaining to further regional growth and additional capital improvements are on the horizon. “We have the financial stewardship and accountability to continue to ensure the people we serve a future of unprecedented health care,” Fiorenzo said.
In addition, Fiorenzo also announced a transition of the UPMC Hamot Board of Directors. After serving 12 years on the board and playing an integral role in many of the organization’s recent accomplishments, Des McDonald is stepping down as board chairman, and Tom Tupitza, an 11-year board member, will succeed him.