UPMC Pinnacle Tuesday announced it is expanding hospital and cancer services at its West Shore campus in Hampden Township.
The health system said it plans on adding floors to UPMC Pinnacle West Shore and expand programs at the Ortenzio Cancer Center, which is on the same campus as the hospital and Fredricksen Outpatient Center.
“The response to our West Shore campus has been tremendous,” UPMC Pinnacle CEO and President Philip Guarneschelli said in a news release. “As we draw closer to celebrating the hospital’s fifth anniversary, we are pleased to be able to grow with the community and serve the needs of area patients even better.”
The hospital was built in 2014 with the idea that it could be expanded in the future. The five-floor hospital has 102 beds, and the health system said it operates at 90 percent capacity consistently.
The planned additional floors, which will be built above the existing Emergency Department, will add 58 beds.
UPMC Pinnacle said it is seeking approvals for the expansion with Hampden Township that will include site development plans, a traffic impact assessment, reservation of sewage capacity and Cumberland County Conservation District approval. The health system also said its goal is to minimize the effect of construction on patients as they move ahead with the expansion.
The Ortenzio Cancer Center was also built in 2014, with plans for expansion, and previously focused on gynecological and breast cancers. New plans involve offering services for other types of cancer, including thoracic, gastrointestinal, genitourinary and head and neck.
“The need for chemotherapy procedures for West Shore residents continues to increase,” said Adam Dimm, vice president of operations and interim vice president of oncology services. “By expanding the options available at the cancer center, more women and men in our community can access vital treatment and services in a modern, comforting setting that’s easily accessible.”