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New Children’s Hospital To Be Built on Site of St. Francis Medical Center Complex

The Boards of Trustees of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation announced today that they have unanimously approved a proposal to relocate the new hospital to the site of St. Francis Medical Center in Lawrenceville. This replaces the decision to build Children’s on the UPMC Montefiore campus in Oakland.

As part of the contract settlement between Highmark Inc. and UPMC Health System, Highmark will provide funding to Children’s Hospital to purchase the 10-acre, 11-building Lawrenceville medical center. This will afford Highmark and UPMC the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to the community. This also reflects their support of Children’s Hospital’s goal of constructing a technologically advanced facility capable of caring for every child who requires medical treatment throughout the region.

“We are delighted with the decision to relocate to the Lawrenceville site,” said Ronald L. Violi, president and chief executive officer of Children’s Hospital. The Boards of Trustees determined St. Francis will be a more optimal location for the future Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh because it will:

  • Allow for a much larger, free-standing pediatric campus with room for future expansion close to the University of Pittsburgh.
  • House all pediatric research on one campus in a brand-new 200,000-square-foot facility.
  • Reduce the disruption to clinical operations at Children’s, Presbyterian and Montefiore hospitals.
  • Shorten the construction schedule by one year, with completion of the new hospital expected in June 2007.
  • Improve access and allow for on-site parking for patients and staff.
  • Reduce the congestion and confusion of families who navigate the Oakland hospital system.
  • Result in a responsible and better use of community resources by not allowing a viable health care facility to sit vacant in an already vibrant neighborhood.

Children’s will continue to work with UPMC Health System to plan for the new construction and extensive renovation to transform the St. Francis site into a world-class pediatric health care and research facility.

It is important to note that the decision to move the hospital from Oakland does not relieve UPMC Health System of any of its contractual obligations under the recent merger agreement with Children’s.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, UPMC Health System has agreed to build a new Children’s Hospital estimated to cost $250 million. In addition, UPMC Health System will assure another $250 million from various sources to expand Children’s clinical and research programs over the next 10 years, and will maintain Children’s historical open access policy.

Many of the plans and design work developed for the Montefiore site will translate to the St. Francis location. It is expected that the new 1 million square-foot site will include an inpatient tower, ambulatory care facility, parking garage, and a much-needed new pediatric research facility.

“It’s a winning proposition, not just for Children’s, Highmark, and UPMC, but for the economy of Lawrenceville as well,” says Mary Jo Howard Dively, chair, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh’s Board of Trustees. “We firmly believe that this decision will ultimately benefit the health care community at-large and will do much to improve accessibility for the patients and families we serve.”

Architects and engineers who have toured the St. Francis site will work to finalize the plans for the new Children’s Hospital campus. Children’s will share the plans as they progress. Groundbreaking on the new site is not anticipated until early winter.

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is the only hospital in western Pennsylvania dedicated solely to the care of infants, children and young adults. The hospital consistently ranks as one of the 10 best children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. It ranks seventh in funding provided by the National Institutes of Health. Children’s has 2,200 employees and 740 active staff physicians.

Click here for more information about the new Children’s Hospital site.

DeAnn Aston Marshall, 412-692-5016

Last Update
February 20, 2008
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February 20, 2008