South Pittsburgh area stakeholders have banded together to assist and possibly enhance Councilman Bruce A. Kraus' campaign to save the UPMC South Side Hospital from closing and moving its facilities and personnel to UPMC Mercy on the Bluff.
Concerned that too much emphasis has been placed solely on Councilman Kraus' letter writing campaign and not enough community involvement, the Save Our South Side Hospital Committee was formed to work toward keeping the hospital in South Side. Although not affiliated with any one community organization or group, the committee would like to work with all the groups in the South Side and Hilltop neighborhoods and beyond including all those within the UPMC South Side service area.
The committee plans to stress community involvement in working to save the hospital. To complement Mr. Kraus' letter writing campaign, the committee plans to distribute post cards at various locations and community meetings, if permitted. Residents will be asked to address the post cards to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Chairman of the Board G. Nicholas Beckwith III and write a short paragraph stating why they want the hospital to remain in South Side. The post cards will be collected and mailed to Mr. Beckwith.
Mr. Kraus has already collected almost 600 letters from the community which he plans to take with him when he meets with UPMC President and CEO Jeffrey A. Romoff. The councilman continues to collect letters and hopes to have more than 1000 letters when he meets with Mr. Romoff.
The Save Our South Side Hospital Committee is also planning a rally and march to the hospital on Saturday, Nov. 29. Residents from the entire UPMC South Side service area are encouraged to come down and bring signs and placards showing their support for the hospital remaining in South Side. More details about the rally including meeting place and time will be available in the coming weeks.
Volunteers are needed to help distribute and collect the post cards throughout South Pittsburgh. Those who are interested in helping the committee keep the hospital at its current location can volunteer by calling Bobbi at 412-381-2549 or emailing contact information to: SaveOurSouthSideHospital@gmail.com.