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West Penn Hospital revitalization
West Penn Hospital Embraces “Brighter Future”
On Nov. 16, 2011, officials of Highmark Inc., and West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) shared details of their plans to move forward with a pledge to restore and enhance essential healthcare services at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital.
The meeting to unveil West Penn's "brighter future” to hospital employees and community leaders was held in West Penn’s Conference Center and followed by a press conference.
Projects, which are being designed and constructed by the nationally known Astorino firm, have been scheduled in three phases, with the first project, reopening the Emergency Department, planned for completion in early 2012.
The expansion of services is expected to bring nearly 200 new jobs to West Penn initially, with additional employment opportunities as patient volumes grow and additional programs are introduced. Almost 600 attended a November job fair at West Penn and a second job fair is scheduled for December 7.
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Projects to be completed in Phase 1 of West Penn Hospital's revitalization program include the following:
- Reopening the Emergency Department in early 2012
- Expansion of the hospital's overall capacity to 300 or more all-private patient rooms with monitoring capabilities
- Extensive renovations to nursing stations in the medical, surgical and intensive care units, and
- Remodeling of all common areas in the facility, including lobbies and waiting rooms
When West Penn's Emergency Department opens in the next few months, it will be completely renovated and technologically advanced, with a fast-track patient triage system to get individual patients the care they need as quickly as possible.
Plans also include expanding the ER's current bed count of 24 and creating an observation unit, to further expedite and improve patient care.
The revitalization of West Penn Hospital is a critical step toward solidifying the future of WPAHS and enhancing the health and wellbeing of the western Pennsylvania community.
Keith Ghezzi, MD, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of WPAHS, said, “For more than a century, West Penn Hospital has been a bedrock of this community as a source of economic vitality, employment and of course, outstanding healthcare services. Our goal is to reestablish an expanded scope of services at West Penn that addresses the needs of the community and positions the hospital appropriately for the pivotal role it will play in the success of our health system.”
Phase two of the West Penn Hospital revitalization project will involve enhancements to the hospital’s highly regarded Women’s and Infants' program, including expansion and renovation of its labor and delivery facilities and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and increased gynecologic surgical capabilities. More than 3,000 babies are delivered each year at West Penn and the hospital has a long history of innovation in the treatment of gynecologic disease.
The hospital also plans to renovate and reorganize its six-story Mellon Pavilion to accommodate more physician practices and better coordinate patient care services. The plan includes construction of a new entrance to the Pavilion that will feature a governor’s driveway off of Liberty Avenue to make patient visits and transports more convenient.
Other existing services at West Penn are expected to grow as the hospital transitions back into a full-service community hospital. Some existing services include:
- Nationally recognized Bone Marrow/Cell Transplantation program
- Institute for Pain Medicine
- Sleep Disorders Center
- Radiation Oncology program
- Breast Diagnostic Imaging Center
- Pelvic floor disease center
- Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine
- Lupus Center of Excellence
- Joslin Center for Diabetes
- Inpatient rehabilitation services
- Outpatient surgery
- Diagnostic testing services, such as laboratory medicine and radiology