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Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Completes Historic Move to Lawrenceville With Successful Patient Relocation

153 inpatients were safely transferred from Oakland to Lawrenceville

The new Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC officially opened today, completing the final phase of its historic move with the successful relocation of 152 inpatients to a new state-of-the-art campus in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

The patient move began at 7 a.m. and was completed in less than seven hours. It involved a team of more than 275 nurses, physicians, administrators and other staff from Children’s Hospital, as well as Emergency Medical Services personnel. More than 40 ambulances from communities in Allegheny, Beaver and Washington counties were involved in transporting the patients 2.5 miles from Children’s Hospital’s Oakland facility to the new hospital in Lawrenceville.

“The success of this complex patient move is a testament to the dedication of a team of hundreds who have been planning and preparing for this day for over two years,” said Christopher A. Gessner, president, Children’s Hospital. “The new Children’s Hospital is now officially open and we can continue building on our legacy as a world leader in pediatric healthcare. This new era would not have been possible without the strong support of UPMC, which enabled us to build a pediatric hospital unparalleled anywhere in the nation in its technological sophistication and dedication to providing family-centered care. ”

Today’s events began with the closing of the Children’s Hospital Emergency Department in Oakland and the simultaneous opening of the new Emergency Department in Lawrenceville. At 7 a.m., the first inpatient was transported from an acute care unit in Oakland to Lawrenceville. Approximately every five minutes, another patient was transferred.

Children’s Hospital’s new $625 million campus includes a nine-story, 296-bed hospital; the 10-story, 300,00-square-foot John G. Rangos Sr. Research Center; Faculty Pavilion; Administrative Office Building; Plaza Building; Lawrenceville Medical Building; Central Plant; and three parking garages on a 10-acre site. The campus — with 1.5 million square feet of usable space — replaces a smaller, outdated campus in Oakland. The new hospital is 25 percent larger than the Oakland hospital, and the new research center is 50 percent larger than its former location.

The new Children’s Hospital is a technologically advanced campus and one of the first pediatric hospitals in the nation built from the ground up to support an electronic health record. Children’s Hospital has been a national leader in the introduction and adoption of electronic health records since 2002, when it became the first pediatric hospital in the country to fully implement a computerized provider order entry (CPOE) system, which greatly reduces the risk of medication and other errors and improves patient care.

Since then, it has adopted a fully integrated electronic health record called Children’s eRecord. All of this technology is supported by a massive infrastructure in the new hospital. There are more than 4000 computers, including mobile monitor carts: more than 400 miles of cabling in the main hospital; 2000 wireless access points and 100 percent coverage for most wireless technologies.

The new hospital also features an environmentally sustainable design, innovations to improve patient safety and a quiet, comfortable atmosphere built to enhance the healing process for patients and their families.

The hospital was designed with input from physicians, nurses and staff, as well as patients and families. Nearly all of the inpatient rooms are private, with comfortable sleeping spaces for parents/guardians, televisions featuring movies and games “on demand” and Internet access. The sixth floor of the main hospital boasts one of the largest family resource centers of any pediatric hospital in the world. The Elsa M. and Alma E. Mueller Family Resource Center includes the four-story Eat’n Park Atrium (with large movie screen), the outdoor Howard Hanna Healing Garden, a music therapy room, classroom, chapel, the Moulis Children’s Library and a business center for parents.

About Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Renowned for its outstanding clinical services, research programs and medical education, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has helped establish the standards of excellence in pediatric care. From Ambulatory Care to Transplantation and Cardiac Care, talented and committed pediatric experts care for infants, children and adolescents who make more than 500,000 visits to Children’s and its many neighborhood locations each year.

Children’s Hospital also has been named consistently to several elite lists of pediatric health care facilities, including ranking eighth among children’s hospitals (FY 2006) in funding provided by the National Institutes of Health, and is named one of the top 10 best pediatric hospitals in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.

About UPMC
UPMC is an integrated global health enterprise headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and one of the leading nonprofit health systems in the United States. As western Pennsylvania’s largest employer, with 50,000 employees and $7 billion in revenue, UPMC is transforming the economy of the region into one based on medicine, research and technology. By integrating 20 hospitals, 400 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, long-term care facilities and a major health insurance services division, and in collaboration with its academic partner, the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC has advanced the quality and efficiency of health care and developed internationally renowned programs in transplantation, cancer, neurosurgery, psychiatry, orthopaedics and sports medicine, among others. UPMC is commercializing its medical and technological expertise by nurturing new companies, developing strategic business relationships with some of the world’s leading multinational corporations and expanding into international markets, including Italy, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Cyprus and Qatar. For more information about UPMC, visit our website at

Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7919 or 412-877-1656,
Gloria Kreps, 412-647-3555 or 412-417-2582,

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