UPMC Breaks Ground on UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Tower

PITTSBURGH – UPMC today broke ground on the new UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Tower at UPMC Mercy, which is being designed for the many patients in the Pittsburgh region and beyond who need physical rehabilitation and those who have diseases of the eye or vision impairment.

The facility, part of UPMC’s $2 billion investment in specialty care, is projected to open in late 2022 and will position UPMC at the global forefront of rehabilitation and ophthalmic research and care.

Once constructed, the 410,000-square-foot tower will house nine stories of collaborative space for clinicians, researchers, educators and industry partners. 

“The tower will merge UPMC’s pioneering research and outstanding clinical care in vision and rehabilitation, allowing our physicians and scientists to translate our revolutionary science and research from bench to bedside, all to benefit our patients,” said Leslie C. Davis, senior vice president, UPMC, and executive vice president and chief operating officer, UPMC Health Services Division. 

“This is the first of the three new building projects that will provide a level of specialty care that is distinct to Pittsburgh and to our health system. Our unparalleled investment will make Pittsburgh the first city in the country to offer individualized care at six specialty facilities,” added Davis.

The new building will include an innovative, fully mocked-up apartment and street lab where patients can go through simulations that teach them critical life skills, enabled by vision performance testing and physical and vision rehabilitation. Other areas include exam rooms, an optical shop, a pharmacy, therapy stations and a UPMC Centers for Rehab Services gym. 

Linked by a bridge to the current inpatient rehabilitation units at UPMC Mercy, the new tower will significantly expand the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute’s capacity for outpatient and follow-up care. Patients and clinicians also will have access to world-renowned researchers who are pushing the boundaries of what is possible in rehabilitation care …

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