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UPMC Mercy Pavilion Community Commitment

UPMC is a committed community partner and economic driver that the city of Pittsburgh can count on. We deeply invest in supporting the city and its neighborhoods, including Uptown and the Hill District.

In 2017, we announced the UPMC Mercy Pavilion as part of three building projects designed to change the region's health care landscape.

Throughout our history, UPMC Mercy has committed to providing compassionate, quality health care to all people. The UPMC Mercy Pavilion will allow our teams to continue to extend innovative and complex care.

Transforming Vision and Rehabilitation Medicine Under One Roof

The UPMC Mercy Pavilion will leverage our global leadership in health care and research to transform eye care and physical rehab.

This innovative model will be the first of its kind.

It will bring under one roof an expert team of:

  • Doctors.
  • Scientists.
  • Engineers.
  • Allied health workers.

We aim to:

  • Research and design new and better therapies.
  • Transform the treatment experience.
  • Improve the quality of life for people with visual, mobility, and cognitive impairments.

Opening in 2023, the pavilion will help:

  • Attract top-tier doctors and health care workers around the nation and world.
  • Draw students and colleagues focused on studying medicine and health care to the University of Pittsburgh and area colleges.
  • Create pathways to careers for local health care workers, service workers, and others throughout Pittsburgh's diverse neighborhoods.

Preventing Vision Loss

Vision impairment and loss have a profound impact on daily life.

More than 1 billion people worldwide have some form of visual disability.

By 2050, more than:

  • 115 million people will suffer blindness.
  • 550 million will face vision impairment.

The UPMC Mercy Pavilion will be the first national, complete care center focused on:

  • The cornea, retina, and optic nerve.
  • Glaucoma.
  • Regeneration strategies.

State-of-the-art eye and vision care

A growing suite of advanced treatments for eye disease at the pavilion will include:

  • A clinical trials center with innovative imaging, functional vision assessments, and artificial intelligence.
  • Novel biotherapies such as proteins, optogenetics, gene supplementation, and vision correction and editing.
  • Cell therapies for eye diseases.
  • A dedicated gene and stem cell prep lab.
  • Prosthetic vision restoration.
  • Fully integrated low-vision rehab technologies and services.
  • Enhanced and proactive screenings and care for underserved populations.

Currently, the UPMC Vision Institute includes vision care and optic shops throughout the greater Pittsburgh region. In spring 2023, the UPMC Vision Institute’s headquarters will move to the new UPMC Mercy Pavilion.

Enhancing Quality of Life

Impairments to movement and cognition have a profound impact on a person's independence and sense of self.

Each year in the U.S., more than 2 million people suffer a:

  • Stroke.
  • Traumatic brain injury.
  • Spinal cord injury.

And millions more have spine disorders and low back pain.

UPMC Mercy offers renowned clinical care for:

  • Brain injuries.
  • Bone, muscle, and soft tissue pain.
  • Nervous system disorders.

Our physiatrists and therapists strive to improve the quality of life for patients through:

  • Targeted functional recovery pathways that include strength, flexibility, and endurance training.
  • Physical, mental, and social skills to regain cognitive ability and restore function.

UPMC Mercy is the flagship location of the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute, the largest rehab network in western Pa.

UPMC Mercy houses the Centers of Excellence in stroke rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, and brain injury. The pavilion will be vital for people in need of outpatient rehab and follow-up care.

UPMC Mercy Pavilion In the News

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