CRANBERRY TWP — A multimillion dollar investment at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex will benefit northern Allegheny and southern Butler communities by bringing expanded women’s health and pediatric services closer to home.
With the investment, UPMC Children’s Express Care and UPMC Magee-Womens Specialty Services will be available for patients at the complex.
Susan Hoolahan, president of UPMC Passavant, said being able to receive treatment closer to home is an important benefit for patients.
“People really do like staying close to home when they’re undergoing care,” Hoolahan said. “Whether it’s a pregnancy or it’s a cancer care.
“We keep patients closer to home without them having to drive into the city to receive care.”
The expanded women’s specialty services was a $3.7 million investment and includes breast cancer detection, breast surgery and treatments and sub-specialized OB-GYN care.
UPMC Lemieux will now be equipped to perform 3D digital mammography, breast ultrasound, stereotacic breast biopsy and bone density scanning.
Dr. Terri-Anne Gizienski, a breast imaging specialist, said the new services are geared toward early detection of breast cancer.
When detected early, Gizienski said breast cancer has a 90% recovery rate.
The new breast surgery services will focus on minimally invasive surgeries, previously only offered at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh.
“I think that we have an ability to serve the northern communities in a very great way, expanding what we normally do only at Magee and bringing it out to the northern communities,” said Dr. Mia Diego, breast surgeon at UPMC Magee-Womens.
Dr. Marydonna Ravasio, an obstetrician-gynecologist at UPMC Magee-Womens, said adding these expanded women’s health services directly benefit the Cranberry and Wexford communities.
“Cranberry and Wexford are growing communities, and the women of these communities deserve robust obstetric and gynecological services, which we will offer here at UPMC Lemieux,” Ravasio said.
“We expect this center to optimize pregnancy care in this community. The benefit of being able to be close to home, among family and friends during a pregnancy ... cannot be underestimated for our patients.”
The expanded women’s services are expected to be available to patients at the end of October, according to UPMC.
The other new service available at UPMC Lemieux is a children’s express care facility.
Children’s express care is pediatric care offered after hours and on weekends.
Dr. Alejandro Hoberman, president of UPMC Children’s Community Pediatrics, said offering this service will give area parents greater access to pediatric care around the clock.
Having opened Aug. 1, Hoberman said they have already cared for more than 180 children at the UPMC Lemieux facility.
Many of those children have come from areas such as New Castle, Slippery Rock and Grove City, according to Hoberman, providing service to families further outside of Pittsburgh than just Cranberry.