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​UPMC Hamot Women’s Hospital Renamed to Reflect Alignment with Magee

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PITTSBURGH, Dec. 18, 2015UPMC Hamot today announced the renaming of the UPMC Hamot Women’s Hospital to Magee-Womens Hospital - UPMC Hamot Campus, forming a closer alignment with the specialists and leadership of Pittsburgh-based Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.
Magee, a nationally renowned premier destination for women’s health care will now have an Erie campus at Hamot, reflecting the rapid evolution and advancement of the Erie region’s only women’s hospital, built in 2011. This further enhances the delivery of UPMC’s world-class care in the Erie region, ensures that specialized care remains easily accessible and close to home, and provides women with more choice for their OB/GYN care. Magee-Womens Hospital - UPMC Hamot Campus will expand services for local women by providing additional sub-specialty care, typically found only in larger academic medical center settings.
Ranked as one of the top 10 in the nation for gynecology in this year’s annual U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals, Magee provides advanced care for the full range of women’s health issues at all stages of life. Through the expertise of UPMC’s physicians, Magee combines breadth of expertise with a traditional focus on gynecologic and obstetric services and offers the most progressive care for women.
“UPMC Hamot clearly has become the tertiary care hub in this region, including for women’s health services,” said David Gibbons, chief operating officer, UPMC Hamot. “Newborn and neonatal admissions at Hamot have grown 189 percent in the last five years. That remarkable growth has come with an increase in the demand for specialty women’s health services and we are committed to meeting that demand.”
In addition to a more than $1 million initial investment for the development of an outpatient physician office facility on campus, ongoing program expansion will include more OB/GYN services as well as specialty services, including reproductive endocrinology, gynecological oncology, urogynecology, maternal-fetal medicine, reproductive genetics, women’s imaging, and cancer prevention services.
“We have been very pleased with the clinical excellence and growth of the Hamot women’s hospital in its first five years and now with urgently increasing demand for specialists in Erie and the surrounding region, we are focused on responsibly supporting that growth to meet patient demand and needs,” said Robert Edwards, M.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and co-director of Women’s Health Services, UPMC. 
“This fits in with our regional strategy for enhancing women’s health services across the UPMC system by building on our partnerships with UPMC Northwest, UPMC Horizon, WCA Hospital in Jamestown, N.Y., and other regional hospitals, as well as our physician partners, including OB/GYN Associates of Erie. Delivering quality care close to home in all of the communities we serve is a big part of UPMC’s overall mission,” Dr. Edwards added. “Magee has a long track record of successfully working with both private practitioners and academic physicians to enhance care for local patients, and we look forward to continuing that.”
The new Magee-Womens Hospital - UPMC Hamot Campus development will include the addition of at least 15 new positions, according to Debbie Burbules, who’s been president of the women’s hospital since its opening. “Women want to stay here for care. We are excited to extend and better coordinate Magee’s specialty resources to all of our partners in the region. This is good news for Erie women and their families.”