Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Offering New Specialty Pediatric Services in Shenango Valley To Improve Access

January 29, 2010

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has opened a specialty pediatric suite in Hermitage, offering immediate access to experts from Children’s Hospital to residents of Lawrence, Mercer, Mahoning, and Trumbull counties.

Specialists from Children’s Hospital are now seeing patients at the Children’s Hospital Specialty Care Center Hermitage, located at the Womancare Center of UPMC Horizon.  Children’s Hospital is providing outpatient services, including diagnostic evaluations and follow-up care, in pediatric cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, general and thoracic surgery and neurology.

The Children’s Hospital Specialty Care Center Hermitage physicians include Francis McCaffrey, cardiology; Aviva Katz, MD, and Kelly Miller, MD, general and thoracic surgery; Luigi Garibaldi, MD, endocrinology; Ram Chandra, MD, gastroenterology; and Bilal Sitwat, MD, neurology. 

These new services are another example of UPMC Horizon bringing advanced specialty care to its service area through integration with UPMC and its affiliated facilities. Children’s Hospital joins programs offered by Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and UPMC Passavant, which all share space at the Womancare Center. 

“At UPMC Horizon, we are committed to making access to more specialized care as convenient as possible to our community. This relationship with Children’s Hospital reflects that commitment and makes it that much easier for patients in Mercer and surrounding counties to gain access locally to the services of renowned pediatric experts in a variety of medical subspecialties,” says Don Owrey, UPMC Horizon president.

Children’s Hospital is committed to improving access to pediatric specialty care in the Shenango Valley and throughout the tri-state region.

“In addition to our Specialty Care Center in Hermitage, we have a center in Johnstown, Pa., and recently opened the doors of another in Wheeling, W.Va.,” said Christopher A. Gessner, president, Children’s Hospital. “Our goal is to improve access to pediatric care for families in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania by bringing our physicians, who are among the leaders in their fields, close to home for families in the Shenango Valley. We want them to have access to the best care possible in the most convenient location possible.” 

To schedule an appointment with a physician at Children’s Hospital Specialty Care Center Hermitage, call 724-347-4596 or toll free at 1-877-545-9361. The Womancare Center is located at 875 N. Hermitage Road, Hermitage.

About Children’s Hospital

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 1 million visits to Children’s, its many neighborhood locations and Children’s Community Pediatrics practices each year.

Children’s also has been named consistently to several elite lists of pediatric health care facilities, including ranking tenth in total dollars and seventh in number of awards (NIH FY 2008) in funding provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and is named one of the top pediatric hospitals in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. For more information about Children’s Hospital, visit

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