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Governor Rendell Presents Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh with $10 Million for New Hospital Project in Lawrenceville

Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell today presented Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh with $10 million to be used toward the new, state-of-the-art, comprehensive pediatric health care campus currently being built in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh.

Gov. Rendell presented Children's President and CEO Ronald L. Violi with a check for $10 million today during a press conference held by the governor at Nine Mile Run at Frick Park. This funding is part of the governor's newly enacted economic-stimulus program and will have an immediate impact by jump-starting economic activity throughout Allegheny County.

"These grants not only will achieve our goal of stimulating immediate economic activity," Gov. Rendell said, "they will help Pittsburgh and Allegheny County create a diverse, dynamic economy, based on new, cutting-edge, high-technology development, a stable traditional manufacturing base and a rich, vibrant hospitality sector that will attract conventioneers, tourists and regular visitors alike."

When the new facility opens, the economic impact generated by the hospital is expected to reach $671.5 million, an increase of 20 percent. In 2003, the hospital created 5,449 Pennsylvania jobs and the number is expected to increase to 6,872 in 2007, an increase of 26 percent. Most importantly, although pediatric services are offered at the local hospitals within the region, Children's is the only provider of advanced pediatric services and research.

"We are grateful for the continued commitment by Gov. Rendell, as well as Sen. Jim Ferlo and all members of the western Pennsylvania delegation in recognizing the value of this important building initiative and specialized pediatric care. I also would like to thank Mayor Tom Murphy and County Executive Dan Onorato for their valuable support of this project," Violi said. "The governor's support allows Children's Hospital to continue to provide the children of this region the best care, with optimum outcomes, that cannot be achieved anywhere else."

In addition to the funding, results of an independent economic impact study were made public today by Children's. The study, commissioned by the hospital and conducted by Pittsburgh-based independent firm Tripp Umbach Healthcare Consulting Inc., shows that the construction of the new hospital will result in hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact and thousands of jobs for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh.

"The support and the partnership with the state will undoubtedly ensure Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh will be a world-class pediatric health care facility unlike any other in the nation," Violi said. "In a time of slow job growth, we are proud to help create and will continue to create a substantial number of high-paying jobs to the residents of western Pennsylvania."

The new Children's Hospital campus is expected to create between 1,500 and 2,400 construction jobs.

The study was conducted between November 2003 and March 2004. The nationally renowned firm projects that by the time the new hospital campus opens, Children's will have:

Economy and Revenue Gains

  • Generated $30 million in state tax revenue, up from $24.6 million in 2003
  • Contributed $671.5 million to Pennsylvania's economy, up 20 percent from 2003
  • Contributed $319 million to Allegheny County's economy, up 17 percent from 2003
  • Contributed $175 to Pittsburgh's economy, up 15 percent from 2003
  • Contributed $24.5 million to Lawrenceville/Bloomfield's economy, up 745 percent from 2003

Job Creation

  • Created almost 800 full-time, high-paying clinical and research jobs at the hospital
  • Created approximately 4,360 direct construction-related jobs
  • Created approximately 3,490 indirect construction-related jobs

The 1.3 million-square-foot campus includes the construction of the hospital, research center, a power plant and parking garages.

For more information or additional study results, please contact the Public and Government Affairs Department at 412-692-7104.

Contacts:
Melanie Finnigan or Dean Walters, 412-692-5016, Melanie.Finnigan@chp.edu or Dean.Walters@chp.edu

Last Update
February 19, 2008
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