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Enhanced Pediatric Emergency Care Available at UPMC Passavant

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PITTSBURGH UPMC Passavant-McCandless and UPMC Passavant-Cranberry have expanded pediatric emergency care services in partnership with nationally ranked UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, ensuring that children in Pittsburgh’s northern communities and beyond have convenient access to specialty care when in the emergency department.


This is the first UPMC Children’s Emergency Department affiliation offered in the western Pennsylvania region.


Children under age 18 account for 16% of all emergency department visits at adult hospitals. Starting today, UPMC Passavant providers easily can consult with board-certified pediatric emergency medicine physicians at UPMC Children’s via emergency department-to-emergency department real-time virtual telemedicine consultations—24 hours a day, every day of the year. 


“This collaborative approach with our colleagues at UPMC Children’s allows us to provide a higher level of pediatric emergency care through advanced telemedicine technology right here in our communities,” said Raymond Viducich, M.D., associate chief of emergency services, UPMC Passavant. “By tapping into distinctive resources available to us across UPMC, it helps us address the specialty care needs of the communities we serve for Pittsburgh’s northern region and surrounding counties.”


“Additionally, advanced training by UPMC Children’s teams for our emergency department providers—with a significant investment in pediatric medical supplies and technologies—best supports our patients at UPMC Passavant hospitals,” Dr. Viducich added.


The new affiliation also allows pediatric patients to connect seamlessly with UPMC Children’s 400+ physicians across 33 subspecialities for follow-up appointments. These appointments can be scheduled before the patient and parent leave either of UPMC Passavant’s emergency departments.


“Creating an exceptional patient experience with access to UPMC’s advanced, signature specialty care is always our top priority,” said Susan Hoolahan, president, UPMC Passavant. “This innovative partnership with UPMC Children’s best serves people who live north of Pittsburgh—providing access even closer to home to specialty pediatric emergency care. The program harnesses the world-class expertise, unique resources and advanced technology that only UPMC can provide.” 


This partnership builds upon UPMC’s dedication to providing families in communities north of Pittsburgh with top-quality pediatric care that’s conveniently located at multiple locations including UPMC Children’s North in Sewickley, UPMC Children’s Pine Center in Wexford, UPMC Children’s Community Pediatrics locations, and UPMC Children’s Express Care in Wexford and at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township.


“Our goal at UPMC Children’s is to share our world-renowned pediatric care whether it is in person or by leveraging technology,” said Mark Sevco, president, UPMC Children’s. “As a national leader, we are excited to partner with our sister hospital, UPMC Passavant, and have them lean on us and our expertise in caring for pediatric patients with the right provider, in the right place, at the right time.”


Families now also can access UPMC Children’s AnywhereCare—which provides 24/7 urgent care for newborns and children up to 17 years old by pediatric advanced practice providers—and can be found on the UPMC Children’s app or by searching “UPMC AnywhereCare” in the app store.


To learn more about UPMC’s services in Pittsburgh’s north region, visit