UPMC announces new changes to professional building

A new specialty care center for UPMC Hamot spells demolition for their professional building as those offices have been moved out.  

Several UPMC Hamot Medical and Administrative Offices are relocating, moving out of the professional building on East 2nd Street, many finding new and permanent homes.  In anticipation of the $111 million project, the largest project in the hospital's 135-year history, the move has to be made.

The construction prompted the hospital to move forward on another goal, bringing several specialties together under one roof.  After a year of planning and construction, the hospital has forced UPMC Hamot Specialty Care, a new multi-surgical specialty practice, accommodating hundreds of patients with the goal of streamlining healthcare.

Dr. Sean Cain, General and Trauma Surgeon and Great Lakes Surgical Specialist, says, "now, we can do pre-operative labs and imaging and stuff, so it's less steps for the patients, right? So they can get everything done here, while they are here".

Cain moved from the professional building and now enjoys the easy access to his colleagues. "If there are questions or concerns, we can coordinate.  It improves physician communication because, again, we are right down the hall from each other so I think it just makes the process a little easier for everybody".

Lynn Rupp, Vice President of Operations, also sees a benefit for clerical staff as the behind the scenes work increases with insurance issues.  "With this, one of the benefits is we were able to keep all our staff and they can work together so if someone who does insurance authorization is busy; someone else can jump in as help".

And, even though this is a new transition for patients, Dr. Cain says he has heard very few complaints. "I think it has been a really smooth the transition and everyone has had very positive things to say".

The new 177,000 square foot patient care tower will include seven stories and accommodate 64 ICU beds, as well as an expansion of the current imaging department.  The new tower will be fully connected to both the main hospital and Magee Women's Center.


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