New president makes quick impact at UPMC St. Margaret
In David Patton's first month as president of UPMC St. Margaret, the hospital expanded its rehabilitation unit and is preparing to open a new outpatient center on Jan. 6.
“I am proud to serve in this new capacity,” said Patton, 42, who had been the hospital's interim leader since August.
A native of New Castle, Patton has held leadership positions at the hospital system for 18 years, including vice president of operations at UPMC St. Margaret.
Patton earned his undergraduate degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his master's degree from Point Park University.
UPMC St. Margaret, located along Freeport Road, between Aspinwall and The Waterworks, nearly doubled the size of its Rehabilitation Institute with a renovation completed in December. The unit grew from 14 to 26 beds.
“The expansion allows for better continuity of care and for patients to stay in close contact with their physicians,” Patton said.
Growing need mandated the expansion, with 40 percent of the hospital's patients in stroke recovery. Previously, there were not enough beds to serve them in rehab.
Nine new jobs were created to staff the unit, with a potential to add five more next month.
Mary Lee Gannon, president of the St. Margaret Foundation, has established a good rapport with Patton over the years. Her group recently donated $60,638 for the hospital to purchase an occupational therapy robot.
“When Dave Patton started here, he was immediately embraced by the St. Margaret family for his ability to make good decisions and his genuineness,” Gannon said.
“People like that he's smart, down to earth and has a no-nonsense style. What you see is what you get. He has been a great partner for the foundation.”
Patton is looking forward to overseeing the unveiling of the outpatient center in Harrison Township. It will include primary, women's and cardiac care, diagnostic services, 17 exam rooms and a lab.
He said extended weekend hours for primary care also are available now at the St. Margaret campus. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.
“Each day, it is a distinct privilege to work alongside the talented and compassionate employees who are dedicated to advancing the quality of care provided to our patients,” Patton said.
Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or at email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Ice bucket challenge makes big splash at Fox Chapel Presbyterian
- Fox Chapel Area expands cyber classes into middle school
- Aspinwall Fire Department program to show children ins and outs of firefighting
- Sharpsburg considers hiring company to remove feral cats
- Painter seeking Sharpsburg wall for mural project
- Station Street repairs sought; records show road in Sharpsburg is private