ShareThis Page
UPMC Mercy moving women’s care to Magee |

UPMC Mercy moving women’s care to Magee

Emily Balser
| Thursday, January 10, 2019 10:20 a.m
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
This file photo shows a newborn wearing a blue swaddling blanket with stars on it and a red, white and blue knit cap in celebration of the Olympics at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018.

UPMC plans to transition its inpatient women’s health, obstetrics and neonatal intensive care unit from UPMC Mercy to UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital.

Officials said in a news release Thursday that UPMC Magee already provides deliveries as well as other clinical care provided by specialists for high-risk mothers and newborns. UPMC Magee clinicians deliver nearly 9,000 babies each year and its neonatal intensive care unit treats almost 2,000 seriously or critically ill babies every year.

With the construction of the new UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Hospital set to break ground in coming months UPMC Mercy is poised to grow its clinical services. Mercy offers specialized patient care services including rehabilitation services, a new digestive health center and enhanced treatment for addiction.

“Concentrating UPMC’s local obstetric services at Magee, which is less than two miles away from Mercy and is one of the nation’s premier women’s specialty hospitals, is a prudent use of organizational resources,” said Michael Grace, president of UPMC Mercy. “In working through the transition, we acknowledge the importance of our Catholic mission and that many patients who chose Mercy for childbirth do so for our dedication and adherence to the Catholic faith.”

The transition begins in March.

Dr. Richard Beigi, president of UPMC Magee, said it has a practice of being respectful of individual moral and religious principles, while at the same time providing comprehensive reproductive services for women.

“Our hospital has extensive experience caring for women of all religions, and a chaplain from the Diocese of Pittsburgh is available on-site to provide spiritual care for new and expectant Catholic mothers,” he said. “In addition, we are enhancing collaboration between Mercy and Magee to ensure Catholic patients’ needs are met.”

Beigi said the transition of care for pregnant patients to Magee is a “very high priority” and they are working with each patient currently under the care of Mercy clinicians to thoroughly plan for her new delivery location.

UPMC Mercy employees affected are being offered the opportunity to apply for vacant positions at Mercy, Magee and other UPMC hospitals and physician offices.

UPMC Magee is planning tours for expectant mothers so they can become familiar with the hospital. Patients with questions about clinical services or transition specifics can call 412-641-1960.

Emily Balser is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Emily at 724-226-4680, or via Twitter @emilybalser.

Emily Balser is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Emily at 412-871-2369, or via Twitter .

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using 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.