New UPMC East hospital means more than 400 jobs
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In addition to bringing a state-of-the-art hospital to the eastern suburbs, the new UPMC East also will bring more than 400 jobs.
The Monroeville hospital is hiring in anticipation of its opening this summer at the site of the former Al Monzo's Palace Inn. A job fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. next Thursday at the DoubleTree Hotel, 101 Mall Blvd., Monroeville.
About 375 positions are available, and 50 management positions have already been filled, according to Michael Anderson, vice president of human resources for UPMC East. But even more jobs are expected to be added once the hospital opens.
"That number should ramp up as the volume in our hospital ramps up as well," Mr. Anderson said.
He said UPMC is looking for about 125 nurses, 75 hospitality and service workers, and 150 "allied health" workers, including technicians and clinical support staff.
UPMC East, he said, gives health care workers the opportunity to work at a hospital with "all the bells and whistles," and many existing UPMC employees are interested in the jobs.
"There's a lot of interest in coming out to the new hospital," he said, but "we're also hoping there's a lot of interest externally."
The hospital will be "family-centered," he said, and the staff will have the task of removing some of the stresses involved with hospital stays.
Patients at UPMC East and their families will be able to call on a concierge service to make hotel reservations for them or refer them to local restaurants. The hospital also will have room service -- patients will be able to pick up the phone and order from a menu.
"We feel this makes the patient's day a little bit more bearable," Mr. Anderson said.
In addition to improvements for patients, he said, UPMC East will be a great place to work.
"We have a number of different technologies in the hospital, including smart room technology in every room, which really helps with the day-to-day operation of the hospital," he said. "We want to make sure everyone in our hospital is treated with dignity and respect" -- employees and patients alike.
"We want UPMC East to feel like it's part of the community."
To keep that community feel, some of the jobs will be filled by residents of Monroeville and other towns near the hospital.
Interested applicants who can't attend the job fair can view available jobs and fill out applications at www.upmc.com/careers .
First Published January 19, 2012 12:00 am