UPMC to invest $2 billion in 3 digitally-centered specialty hospitals

After recently announcing a commitment of $900 million toward capital projects in 2018, Pittsburgh-based UPMC will invest an additional $2 billion to build three digitally-centered specialty hospitals.

UPMC will construct the UPMC Heart and Transplant Hospital, UPMC Hillman Cancer Hospital and UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Hospital. The new specialty hospitals will be additions to the campuses of UPMC Mercy, Presbyterian and Shadyside hospitals, which are all in Pittsburgh.

In addition, Microsoft will collaborate with UPMC to help design these specialty hospitals. UPMC officials say the partnership will "transform what today is often a disjointed and needlessly complex experience for patients and clinicians."

If construction goes according to plan, the vision and rehabilitation hospital will open in 2020 and the specialized cancer hospital will open in 2022. It was not clear when the heart transplant center will open.

"UPMC is recognized around the world for pioneering treatments that are backed by groundbreaking research in an unparalleled care network," said Jeffrey A. Romoff, president and CEO, UPMC. "Our transformative vision will make available the most innovative treatments for cancer, heart disease, transplantation, diseases of aging, vision restoration and rehabilitation, among many others."

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