UPMC Passavant expands service at Lemieux complex

December 4, 2019 Cranberry Local News

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UPMC Magee-Womens Specialty Services will open inside UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township next year.

UPMC Passavant is bringing care closer to home with a focus on subspecialty care.

A celebration event held Nov. 26 in Pittsburgh also elaborated on plans to grow Passavant hospitals and outpatient centers for added impact in regions north of Pittsburgh.

Lisa Lombardo, senior manager of regional communications, said UPMC Magee-Womens Specialty Services will open inside UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, which will include a comprehensive OB-GYN center.

The center — comprised of physician offices, diagnostics and a specialized midwifery program — is expected to be running by 2020.

The location will house a full-spectrum breast program including screening and diagnostic mammography, advanced diagnostics, minimally invasive stereotactic breast biopsies and reproductive endocrinology services.

Lombardo said UPMC also is continuing to create connections between Passavant and the Lemieux Center.

“They are both in close proximity and it's an outpatient and hospital,” Lombardo said. “Those two types of services work so well together.”

Susan Hoolahan, president of UPMC Passavant, said the connection is exhibited by the hospital's orthopedic program, an area in which the Lemieux Center specializes.

“Our orthopedics program is continually growing,” she said.

Lombardo said UPMC Passavant-Cranberry will remain the location where breast surgery is performed and specialized.

“We're able to develop a full comprehensive women's health program right here in Cranberry,” she said.

Hoolahan said continuing to develop women's services is an area of emphasis for the Cranberry locations moving forward.

UPMC Passavant-McCandless (Township), Allegheny County, and UPMC Outpatient Center in Hampton Township, Allegheny County, are also expanding their relationships with UPMC Hillman Cancer Center.

“In January 2020, UPMC Passavant-McCandless will become the first hospital in the Pittsburgh region with robotic bronchoscopy for early lung cancer diagnosis,” said Hoolahan at the employee gathering. “This technology is going to save lives.”

Hoolahan said in addition to expanding services, the hospital system received $12 million in grant funding from the Passavant Hospital Foundation, which was matched by UPMC.

“We have $24 million to work with over the next few years,” Hoolahan said.

Hoolahan said Cranberry's locations are receiving some updates including renovations to one of the lobbies and one of the nursing units.

She said they have also worked with an architect to look at possible other updates for the Cranberry campus.

“We all like to have things that are new and bright and shiny,” she said.

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Nathan Bottiger

Nathan Bottiger

Nathan Bottiger graduated with a degree in journalism in 2015 from Pitt-Johnstown. A business reporter, he also covers Slippery Rock borough, township and school district.