At UPMC, we are improving the health and vitality of our communities both today and tomorrow – from downtown Pittsburgh to the suburbs and everywhere in between. With our partner the University of Pittsburgh, we are transforming cutting-edge research into life-saving treatments and cures that are redefining the future of health care for our neighbors and the world.
In March 2019, UPMC broke ground on the new UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Tower at UPMC Mercy in Pittsburgh's Uptown. Clinicians and researchers at the new hospital will pursue innovative research for vision restoration and diseases of the eye and offer technology-assisted rehabilitation services that restore mobility for patients with physical and cognitive challenges.
Meanwhile, through investments aimed at breakthrough treatments and cures for a wide variety of diseases, UPMC Enterprises announced that it will deploy $1 billion to develop new drugs, diagnostics and devices by 2024. With offices in Bakery Square, UPMC Enterprises is seeking investments and partners globally that complement scientific and commercial work already underway in Pittsburgh.
UPMC is keeping patients and providers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, ramping up telehealth efforts, training and redeploying thousands of employees to treat patients through virtual visits.
In April 2020, UPMC and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine scientists announced research into a potential vaccine, delivered through a fingertip-sized patch. Researchers are using existing groundwork laid during earlier coronavirus epidemics. The rapid work on this vaccine is the result of scientists with diverse expertise working together in the region's hub of health care innovation.
To help care for the communities UPMC serves, the Beckwith Institute provided $200,000 to address food insecurity and other emergency needs for the most vulnerable people in communities across Pennsylvania, western Maryland, and western New York.
UPMC is working to address a variety of community health needs, from tackling addiction, to supporting seniors and offering assistance to those who need it most.
UPMC Health Plan supports the Neighborhood Resilience Project (NRP), which provides food, clothing, medical assistance, and trauma-informed care services to the homeless and the working poor in Pittsburgh's Hill District and surrounding neighborhoods.
To help meet the health needs of low-income residents, UPMC St. Margaret, in partnership with Roots of Faith, launched a grassroots efforts in Sharpsburg and Verona to provide diabetes education, nutrition information, one-on-one health advice, and health screenings at neighborhood dinners.
UPMC helps provide a continuum of services to Allegheny County's homeless population through a Medical Respite Program. In partnership with Bethlehem Haven, UPMC Mercy, UPMC Presbyterian, and UPMC Health Plan fund beds for homeless patients in need of ongoing medical care following a hospital admission.
UPMC is continuing innovative addiction medicine services which include, but are not limited to, the Evaluation and Referral Center (ERC) at UPMC Mercy, the region's first combined medical detoxification and short-term rehabilitation unit at UPMC McKeesport, and the Peer Navigator program, which connects people suffering from substance use disorders with peers who serve as models of recovery.
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With locations in Aspinwall and Oakmont, UPMC St. Margaret's Geriatric Care Center provides medical and psychiatric evaluations, memory assessments, social work services, and pharmacy education, as well as management of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
UPMC East in Monroeville and UPMC McKeesport are connecting seniors and their caregivers with education and resources through health fairs, monthly visits to senior communities and senior centers, educational seminars, and UPMC Senior Services.