Come July 2, residents of Plum, Oakmont and Verona can seek medical care at the new UPMC East Hospital in Monroeville.
The new $250-million hospital, which is located near the Route 22/Route 48 intersection in Monroeville has been in the works for years. Joe Badalich, a Plum resident, was the project director for the hospital's construction and nearby road improvement work.
Nearing its official opening date, the hospital opened its doors to the public on Saturday for an open house and sneak peek. Those who attended took a self-guided tour to see the private patient rooms, the emergency department, surgical suites and other hospital departments. A Crazy Mocha coffee shop also is operating out of the hospital and there is a gift shop on site.
Here's a quick look at what the hospital offers:
- 156 private patient rooms—140 medical/surgical beds and 16 ICU beds. The private rooms have large windows, a sleep couch and recliner for guests, cable, free Wi-Fi, a locking cabinet, personal bathroom and thermostat.
- SmartRoom technology in all rooms—one screen gives caregivers access to medical records, and a second gives patients and their families access to the Internet, entertainment and informational videos.
- Room service and concierge services—Meals arrive when patients are hungry rather than at scheduled times.
- 24-hour visitation for patients—Family members can stay in patient rooms overnight.
- 22 emergency treatment bays
- A heated helipad that can hold four helicopters
- Seven operating rooms
- Two endoscopy rooms
- Two integrated interventional procedural and catheterization labs
- 24-hour imaging services