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UPMC East Will Double its Emergency Department Capacity to Meet Increasing Demand

PITTSBURGH – UPMC announced
today that construction has begun to expand the emergency department at UPMC East,
adding 14,000-square-feet of space that will more than double the capacity of
the emergency department. 

“Since opening UPMC East more
than six years ago, we have seen incredible growth in the number of patients we
treat in our emergency department and are excited to be able to expand this
area to better meet the needs of our community,” said Mark O’Hern, president of
UPMC East. 

The $22 million project will add
10 new, dedicated observation rooms and 10 additional fully private emergency
exam rooms, building on the current capacity of 20. Ground floor service areas
in central sterile processing, clinical engineering and information technology
also will be expanded. 

“We have had the opportunity to
provide excellent quality care close to home every day for the residents of the
eastern suburbs in and around Monroeville. As this community grows, our goal is
to grow with it, expanding the world-class services our communities expect of
UPMC,” said Rajesh Sehgal, M.B.B.S., M.D., F.A.C.P., vice-president, medical
affairs at UPMC East.  

Emergency department services
will not be disrupted during the construction. 

“Our team has invested a lot of
time in planning this expansion with local EMS and our physicians to ensure the
emergency department keeps running at full capacity throughout the construction
and we will continue to take great care of the patients that chose UPMC East
for their care,” O’Hern said.

The expanded area of the
emergency department is expected to open in July 2020.  

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