UPMC Shadyside Hospital has gone through many changes over the years — from its origins in downtown Pittsburgh in 1866, to its move to Shadyside in 1910, to gaining the name Shadyside Hospital in 1938, to moving to its present building in 1972, to becoming part of UPMC in 1997– it has evolved greatly. And, it is proposing more change. But, now, when a large institution wants to make major changes, it must involve the community. Every ten years, large institutions are required to work with the community in drafting a new 10-year master plan. The plan defines what future development will look like and how expansions will be addressed to minimize the impact to adjacent neighborhoods. UPMC Shadyside is in the final stages of over one year of meetings with residents and businesses from Bloomfield, Friendship and Shadyside (and even from Oakland and East Liberty). This is done because while large institutions are critical to the well being of our region, their plans shouldn’t have to come at the cost of those closest to them.
The UPMC Shadyside Hospital’s Master-Plan includes a wide range of projects:
– Building Renovation: A research facility will be developed in and around the Ford Motor Company Building, also known as the Reidbord Building.
– Traffic & Parking: New Luna Parking Garage will provide approximately 1,000 new employee parking.
– Outpatient Services Building: A new outpatient building on Centre Ave. would replace the buildings and parking lots currently used by UPMC Urgent Care, Shadyside Family Health Center, and Boston Market.
– Inpatient Expansion: The building of a new inpatient tower at the site of the existing School of Nursing/North Wing building.
You can learn more about UPMC Shadyside Master-Plan process from the following links to presentations from their community meetings:
Accordingto John Innocenti, UPMC Shadyside’s president, “the next step is to schedule a public hearing before the Planning Commission early next year, followed by another public hearing before city council.” However, community groups, including the Baum Centre Initiative and Shadyside Action Coalition, plan to oppose a plan to rezone hospital properties in the area.