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St. Margaret Foundation, Benefactors Initiate Construction Project with ‘Wall-Breaking’ Ceremony

Lawrenceville Family Health Center to Undergo Nearly $1 Million in Enhancements

WHAT: One of the oldest community clinics across the UPMC system and the first of three community clinics established under UPMC St. Margaret Hospital’s support, the 45-year-old Lawrenceville Family Health Center will usher in a new phase of its care with a ceremonial “wall breaking” in its lobby.
WHY: Meeting the needs of 14,000 patient visits a year, the clinic serves a community where 70 percent of the patients receive care under Medicaid/Medicare, 20 percent under commercial insurance and 10 percent are self-pay. The UPMC St. Margaret Lawrenceville Family Health Center uses a medical home model to provide a continuum of care from birth to geriatrics, with such novel features as:
  • House calls to current patients ranging from Millvale to the South Side
  • A free medication program
  • A noted behavioral health department with counselors, social workers and psychiatrists on site
  •  Educational outreach in their building and through physicians teaching at five separate Pittsburgh Public Schools
This construction project, with all $937,000-plus raised through private donations, will help the clinic enhance its programs and its ability to deliver: pre- and post-partum care; behavioral health; telemedicine; educational seminars, meetings and outreach; and more. Construction is scheduled to start soon after the “wall breaking.” The work is scheduled in phases and at off hours, so it will not interrupt the clinic’s patient care.
  •  Sandy Sauereisen, M.D., director of Community Medicine and medical director, UPMC St. Margaret Lawrenceville Family Health Center
  • David Patton, president, UPMC St. Margaret
  • Lisa Kuzma, senior program officer, Richard King Mellon Foundation
  • Mary Lee Gannon, president, St. Margaret Foundation
WHEN: 3:30 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24
WHERE: UPMC St. Margaret Lawrenceville Family Health Center, 3937 Butler St. (off the 40th St. Bridge), Pittsburgh, Pa., 15201

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