UPMC to offer mental health services, minority job opportunities as part of hospital project

Pittsburgh-based UPMC has agreed to provide an addiction clinic, mental health services and job opportunities for minorities as it moves forward with its plans to build a vision and rehabilitation hospital at UPMC Mercy, according to a Tribune-Review report.

UPMC announced its plans to invest $2 billion to build three digitally centered specialty hospitals in Pittsburgh, including the vision and rehabilitation hospital, in November 2017. It also plans to build the UPMC Heart and Transplant Hospital on the Presbyterian hospital campus UPMC Hillman Cancer Hospital at the Shadyside hospital campus.

As part of the Mercy project, UPMC agreed to various initiatives, such as providing social services and potential minority jobs, according to the report.

The Pittsburgh City Council was scheduled to vote on the vision and rehabilitation hospital plan July 24, but the vote was postponed while the council and hospital reached a community benefits agreement. The council voted 7-2 in favor of the Mercy project plan on July 31.

"We look forward to moving ahead with construction of the UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Hospital at UPMC Mercy and continuing our work on initiatives to benefit the Uptown and Hill District neighborhoods and residents," Paul Wood, vice president and chief communications officer at UPMC, told Becker's Hospital Review after the vote.




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