PITTSBURGH, PA - Groundbreaking occurs Thursday on the first of three new speciality hospitals that are the linchpins of UPMC's $2 billion expansion: The UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Tower on the UPMC Mercy campus, Uptown.
Expected to open in late 2022, the nine-story tower will cater to patients who have ocular diseases or vision impairments and who need physical rehabilitation.
The tower will include:
- 410,000-square-feet of space for clinicians, researchers, educators and industry partners.
- A gene and cell therapy facility.
- A mocked-up apartment where patients can relearn life skills.
- A 3-D street lab with simulated city streets, offices and meeting rooms to help patients with low vision navigate their surroundings.
The hospital also will include exam rooms, an optical shop, a pharmacy, therapy stations and gym. Training ramps and stairs in a healing garden on the roof terrace will offer patients a safe environment in which to prepare for real-life experiences.
The vision and rehabilitation hospital is part of an ambitious expansion plan UPMC announced in 2017. It includes the UPMC Hillman Cancer Hospital on the UPMC Shadyside campus and the UPMC Heart and Transplant Center to be built on the site of the old Children's Hospital in Oakland.
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