UPMC has announced plans to close UPMC South Side over the next three to five years and move most of the health care services it provides to UPMC Mercy in the Uptown section of Pittsburgh.
In an email to staff of the two hospitals on June 12, Elizabeth B. Concordia, executive vice president, UPMC; president, Hospital and Community Services Division, stated, "In about one year, after renovations to the UPMC Mercy campus are completed, rehabilitation beds and other inpatient services at UPMC South Side will be relocated to UPMC Mercy or other UPMC hospitals."
According to the email, during the next three to five years, UPMC will continue to offer ambulatory services including an urgent care center, physicians' offices, imaging and ambulatory surgery in South Side. Future plans for the hospital building and the Roesch-Taylor Medical Buildings are undetermined at this time.
"The closing of South Side Hospital would be a devastating blow to all south Pittsburgh neighborhoods," Councilman Bruce A. Kraus said. "Be assured I am working diligently to gather UPMC officials, UPMC South Side employees, state and local elected officials, non-profits, business, community organizations and community leaders for a town hall meeting in mid-July, to address this critical issue for this area and its residents and their health, safety and wellbeing."
This is not the first time South Side has faced the closing of a hospital on the Flats. In the late 1970s, community activists led a successful campaign to save the old hospital at 20th and Jane streets which was built in 1893. In 1983 the new South Side Hospital opened at its present location.
UPMC brought South Side Hospital into its health system in 1996. The Birmingham Foundation was created that year from the $17 million in assets from the sale of the hospital.