Children's Hospital opening in South Fayette

Published Jul 7, 2014 at 3:42 pm (Updated Jul 7, 2014 at 5:49 pm)

UPMC plans to move its outpatient pediatric healthcare services from Bethel Park to South Fayette by the end of September. The new Children's Hospital South, at 100 Hickory Grade Road in Bridgeville, is right off the I-79/SR 50 interchange – a location UPMC hopes will benefit more young patients.

“We had a significant amount of growth at our Bethel Park hospital. We've been out of space for over the past three years,” Kathy Guatteri, vice president of out-patient services, said.

“And patients and their families can now come here instead of driving to Lawrenceville for imaging, MRI, bloodwork. But, surgery will still be done at one of our Pittsburgh hospitals,” she said.

Guatteri said UPMC is looking to open the $24 million hospital that features new behavioral health treatments on September 29.

“We're trying to de-stigmatize psychological care. If you're here for physical therapy, you're sitting in the same waiting room as someone here for the first time, or someone joining others for a group rehabilitation or behavioral session.”

Doctors can expect to see 70,000 patients in their first year, associate chief medical officer, Dr. Andrew Urbach said.

“This facility can actually treat 100,000 in a year, and it will feature everything that had patients going to Pittsburgh for. There's a new cochlear implant treatment center here, for those beyond a hearing aid ... speech and group therapy. This is full service – basically a mini-Children's hospital for everything up to but not including surgery,” he said.

Though emergency and minor surgeries can go on at the new hospital, Dr. Urbach said the focus will still be primary care and express care.

“Hours will be 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. with express and emergency care open on weekends,” Urbach said.

“But for parents, this is no longer an entire workday to get diagnostics done in Pittsburgh. You can be out of here in 45 minutes.”

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