UPMC Children's South ribbon cutting set for Tuesday in South Fayette

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Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC will open its South Fayette satellite location for business Sept. 29, but two events will be held before opening day.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for Children’s South will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday with hospital administrators and officials from state, county and local government at the new facility, 205 Millers Run Road, near the Interstate 79 Bridgeville exit.

On Sept. 20, there will be treasure maps, scavenger hunts and a toy clinic among the activities from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during an open house at the facility.

“Families will be given the opportunity to explore the new premises,” said Kathy Guatteri, vice president of outpatient services. There also will be a radio station remote broadcast and appearances by South Fayette athletes. Visitors are encouraged to register for the event online.

The facility will open for business Sept. 29 with an after-hours pediatric care center and Children’s Express Care as well as expanded services.

“Without a doubt we are excited, and are looking forward to other residents visiting our community,” South Fayette manager Ryan Eggleston said.

Children’s officials said the move to a new location is due to increased visitor traffic in Bethel Park.

“We ran out of space in 2009. We had the volume to add services, but we didn’t have the ability to do so,” said Ms. Guatteri. The new offices will expand the visitor capacity from 45,000 per year to 100,000.

“Now we are able to add physician time and more services,” said Ms. Guatteri. Departments expected to expand are endocrinology; ENT, or ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology; neurology; pulmonary; and sleep medicine.

Among the new services will be audiology, behavioral health, the Chronic Pain Clinic, the Center for Independence, Children’s Community Pediatrics, dentistry, dermatology, rehabilitation medicine and a radiology department.

“Until now, the only place children could receive care for cochlear Implants was at our main campus,” said Ms. Guatteri. South Fayette will be the first satellite location to house a new clinic.

Another addition, rehabilitation medicine, will offer a physician component to therapies for children who have complex motor disabilities.

“There isn’t a large number of pediatric physiatrists in the nation,” she said. The new facility will be the third Children’s location to offer those experts and their services. The Center for Independence is a behavioral health-based clinic for patients with mild to moderate development and behavioral issues.

The new LEED-certified building was designed to resemble the main Lawrenceville campus. Built on 2.6 acres, the facility will have 60,000 square feet of office space.

“We doubled the size of our gym,” said Ms. Guatteri. Occupying the second floor, there is now 15,000 square feet of open gym, and exam room space, for the collective rehabilitation services. “We added six new providers, too,” she said. 

Amy Philips-Haller, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com.

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