UPMC has broken ground on $1.5bn, 17-storey UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US.
Claimed to be the largest health care construction project in Pennsylvania, UPMC Presbyterian is expected to be completed in 2026.
It will feature 636 private patient rooms and clinical facilities where the clinical teams and physician-scientists can provide specialty care that includes transplant, cardiology and cardiac surgery, and neurology and neurosurgery.
The current UPMC Presbyterian hospital was built more than a century ago.
UPMC president and CEO Leslie C. Davis said: “Every day at UPMC, we focus on our patients, families, members and communities. There is no greater privilege – or opportunity – than to deliver UPMC’s Life Changing Medicine.
“Recognised worldwide for our innovative thinking, we work with our academic partner, the University of Pittsburgh, to translate breakthrough science from the lab to the bedside and deliver it through exceptional patient care and compassionate experiences.”
Davis further added: “This new building – the largest health care building in Pittsburgh’s history – will serve the community for generations to come by dramatically changing the landscape of the Oakland neighbourhood, Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. But it’s so much more than a building. It’s the beating heart of Life Changing Medicine — something only UPMC can deliver locally, regionally and globally.”
The new hospital is the second major project to commence construction since UPMC first announced three new facilities many years ago.
The first project, UPMC Mercy Pavilion will commence treating patients next year.