Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Expands Outpatient Services in North Hills with opening of Children’s Pine Center

July 30, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - July 30, 2012 - Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is expanding its outpatient services offered in the North Hills with the opening this month of the expanded Children’s Pine Center.

Children’s Pine Center, located on Perry Highway in Wexford, offers a wide range of outpatient services with a focus on neurodevelopment. The center also is home to Children’s newly established Center for Independence, a program featuring occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology services offered in a group setting.

The program is designed for children of all ages with multidisciplinary needs who are working to apply newly learned skills in a social and cooperative environment, and is led by Abigail Schlesinger, M.D., Children’s Hospital child psychiatrist and medical director of the center. Programs offered through the center include a gross motor group, a chatterbox group to help children with autism learn communication and social interaction skills, feeding groups, self-care, and more.

Other outpatient services offered at Children’s Pine Center are:

  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Behavioral Health
  • Child and Family Counseling Center
  • Child Development
  • Child Neurology
  • Pediatric Dermatology
  • Electroencephalography (EEG) testing
  • Electromyography (EMG) testing
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology (with optics store to fill prescriptions for eyeglasses and contacts)
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation
  • Primary Care

“Children’s is committed to providing families from the tri-state region convenient access to the same physicians, nurses and other care providers who see patients at our main campus – as close to home as possible,” said Kathy Guatteri, vice president, Outpatient Services at Children’s Hospital. “Children’s Pine Center addresses a growing need for outpatient services, especially those with a neurodevelopmental focus, including neurology, rehabilitation therapy services and ophthalmology.”

In addition to Children’s Pine Center, Children’s North, also located in Wexford, is a surgery center and offers other outpatient services. Children’s South (Bethel Park) and Children’s East (Monroeville) also offer outpatient services. Children’s East will offer expanded outpatient services beginning this month, including asthma and allergy/immunology, audiology, cardiology, communication disorders, diabetes/endocrinology, echocardiography/EKG, neurology, occupational therapy, orthopaedics, otolaryngology, pediatric general surgery, physical therapy, pulmonary medicine and urology.

Click here for more information including contact information, directions, and services offered at Children’s Pine Center and the other regional locations.

Andrea Kunicky, 412-692-6254,
Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7919,