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UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Opens New Center at WHS Washington Hospital
By Kevin Brown


Parents in Washington County now have the convenience of pediatric specialists in their community with the opening of a new UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Specialty Care Center at WHS Washington Hospital.

Located in the UPMC Children’s Express Care Center next to the WHS Washington Hospital Emergency Department, the Specialty Care Center’s grand opening was held on Sept. 1 and the first patients were seen on Sept. 3.

“UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Specialty Care Centers are established to offer convenient access to highly skilled pediatric specialists that provide outpatient services, diagnostic evaluations and follow-up care,” says Michael J. Comunale, UPMC Children's executive administrator, Ambulatory and Physician Services.

“We recognized the need to provide nationally-ranked pediatric services in Washington and the surrounding counties since many of our of patients travel from southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia to see our specialists,” he explains. “It was a natural fit to be located in the WHS Washington Hospital, as UPMC already has strong partnerships there through our arrangements with UPMC Children's Express Care and the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center.”

“Even before the pandemic started, patients were looking for quality healthcare close to home,” says Brook Ward, president and CEO of Washington Health System. “Bringing specialists to our area, especially for pediatric patients, is important to the health of our patients and our community. So, extending our UPMC Children’s relationship to bring pediatric specialists to the Washington County area was an easy decision on our part. As a result, we are able to provide great patient care to our pediatric patients while hopefully making life just a little bit easier for parents.”

Specialists in endocrinology, gastroenterology, and neurology are available to see patients by appointment at the Specialty Care Center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with more specialists expected to be added later. Video visits are also available for most pediatric specialties allowing patients to have a virtual consultation with a provider from home without the need to come to the center in-person.

Parents who feel their child needs to be seen by a specialist at the center can get a referral from their pediatrician or they can make a self-referred appointment, according to Michael. “After the appointment is scheduled, patients and families will arrive and be greeted by UPMC Children’s staff and medical assistants who will complete the registration and rooming processes. Depending on what specialty the patient is seeing, a pediatric registered nurse may be a part of the visit along with advanced practice providers, and physicians. They will receive a thorough evaluation and diagnostic assessment and, any follow-up care if needed, will be ordered at the time,” he says.

Michael notes that follow-up care or diagnostic assessments such as lab, radiology, ultrasound, etc., could be done at WHS Washington Hospital. “We look forward to growing in this location and partnering with the Washington Health System and the community in Washington,” says Michael.

UPMC Children’s Specialty Child Care Centers are also located in Erie, Johnstown and Sharon.

UPMC Children's Express Care will continue to provide services at WHS Washington Hospital for after-hours care of minor injuries and illnesses. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from noon to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

More information about the new Specialty Care Center – Washington is available at www.chp.edu/locations/specialty-care-center-washington. To schedule an appointment at the center, call (412) 692-7337 or toll-free (877) 545-9361.



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