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The Western Pennsylvania Hospital
4800 Friendship Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224


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West Penn Hospital

Our Specialties

West Penn Hospital is a 292-bed academic medical center that provides emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and inpatient and outpatient care for the full range of medical and surgical conditions.

Inpatient Services

West Penn Hospital offers the following completely renovated/refurbished patient care units:

  • Emergency Medicine services, including a completely renovated Emergency Department that opened on Feb. 14, 2012, with 23 private patient treatment rooms (5 in a separate 'rapid-treat' area) and dedicated state-of-the-art  X-ray room, computed tomography (CT) room and ultrasound equipment
  • Medical Patient Care Unit  (the upgraded unit with 34 private patient rooms re-opened on Feb. 13, 2012)
  • Surgical Patient Care Unit (the completely renovated unit with 38 private patient rooms re-opened on Feb. 13, 2012)
  • Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit (the completely renovated unit re-opened in March 2012)
  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (opened May 13, 2013)
  • E7 Progressive Care Unit (completely renovated, opened May 13, 2013)
  • Cardiovascular Institute, featuring completely renovated and equipped Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories and Electrophysiology Laboratory and patient rooms

West Penn Hospital also houses Forbes Hospice,


Outpatient Services

West Penn Hospital has numerous specialized outpatient centers and services, including the following:

  • Ambulatory Surgery Center to care for those undergoing outpatient surgery for gynecology; gynecologic oncology; burn; breast; general; urologic; orthopaedic; ophthalmology; vascular; ear, nose and throat; plastic, podiatric; or colorectal conditions
  • Anticoagulation Management Center
  • Breast Diagnostic Imaging Center
  • Burn Outpatient Clinic
  • Cancer Services
  • Cardiac Diagnostics, such as echocardiology ('echo') and electrocardiology (EKG)
  • Clinical Laboratory Services, including blood tests
  • Digestive Diagnostic and Treatment Center (GI Lab)
  • Emergency Department (staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, including 128-slice computed tomography (CT)
  • Foot and Ankle Institute
  • Hemostasis and Thrombosis Program
  • Institute for Pain Medicine
  • Joslin Diabetes Center
  • Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine
  • Lupus Center of Excellence
  • Medical Short Stay Center
  • Neurodiagnostic Services, including electroencephalography (EEG) and electromyography (EMG)
  • Pediatric Outpatient Services, including blood tests
  • Physical Therapy
  • Pulmonary/Respiratory Care Services, including Pulmonary Function Lab and Pulmonary Outpatient Rehabilitation Program
  • Radiation Oncology/ Radiation Therapy (cancer treatment)
  • Radiology diagnostic imaging, including computed tomography (CT), DEXA bone density testing, fluoroscopy, general x-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine imaging, nuclear cardiology testing, positron emission tomography (PET) and ultrasound
  • Radiology imaging for procedures performed by inserting a catheter into a blood vessel
  • Sleep Disorder Center
  • Women's and Infants' Services, including:
    • Childbirth Education
    • Infant Apnea Center
    • Infertility - Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine
    • Lactation Services
    • Maternal Child Outreach Coordinator
    • Neonatal ICU Transport Team
    • Neonatal ICU Developmental Follow-up Program
    • Pediatric View (Cortical Visual Impairment) Program
    • Reproductive Genetics/ Genetic Counseling
    • Urinary Incontinence Program

Outpatient Surgery

Outpatient surgeries performed in the Ambulatory Surgery Center at West Penn Hospital include the following:

  • Bariatric Surgery Center
  • Breast Surgery
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Ophthalmologic Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngologic (Ear, Nose, Throat) Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Urologic Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery

Healthcare Education

West Penn Hospital is home to the following educational programs:

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