UPMC Western Maryland Center for Hope and Healing OPENS

UPMC Western Maryland Center for Hope and Healing OPENS

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On Tuesday September 2, 2020, UPMC Western Maryland officially opened its Center for Hope and Healing, a 24-hour residential treatment facility that will house patients with substance abuse and behavioral health issues.
The center is located on Leslie Lane, adjacent to the UPMC Western Maryland main campus, and was built on land gifted to UPMC Western Maryland from the state. Funding for the project was largely attributed to a $1,000,000 pledge from the WMHS Auxiliary, including an initial gift of $400,000 made in May of 2019. Ground broke on the facility last August.
At a ribbon cutting ceremony held on August 6, UPMC Western Maryland President Barry Ronan said, “Today we celebrate the opening of this historic behavioral health and substance abuse treatment center. It will benefit so many patients that face these challenges in our region.”
Auxiliary President Julie Davis, who works as the Fire Administration Officer for the City of Cumberland Fire Department, said at the time of the initial gift, “I see the impact this crisis has on a daily basis. I see how it taxes our emergency service providers. We were all unanimously in favor of facing this challenge and supporting a valuable asset that will effectively address the need.”
“The community has said loud and clear that there is a tremendous need for behavioral health, which includes both mental health and substance abuse treatment services,” said Jeff O’Neal, Executive Director, Clinics, Practices, and Behavioral Health Services. “This is something special for our community, and I’d like to thank everyone that made this possible. We are now the envy of every other hospital-based program in the state.”
The center will serve patients who are suffer from chronic mental illnesses and those with opioid addiction. It has 8 beds, a communal area where group and one on one outreach will be provided, and a kitchen, along with a working area for staff. Patients will stay roughly 10 days and the option to extend the stay 10 more days will exist.
“This residential treatment center will provide a bridge to the gap between patients who present at our emergency department in acute crisis that may not need to be admitted,” O’Neal said. “It will also be used as a step down for those patients coming out of the hospital, so we can provide them stability that will allow them to maintain in the community and not go back into the hospital.
“This facility provides a safe, residential environment where they will have counseling and physician services. Twenty days in a facility like that can absolutely make a difference between a patient needing to go back to the emergency department and being able to sustain and maintain in the community. While in this facility, individuals will have all of their basic needs met, while receiving treatment and linkage to the additional resources in the community they may need,” O’Neal said.
Sherry Schmitt, Immediate Past President of the Auxiliary, said the center will be a much-needed resource. “Everyone we talked to finds it to be such a worthwhile and positive thing, she said at the time of the groundbreaking. “We have all had people in our lives who are dealing with addiction or have behavioral health problems. We can connect this with the other programs at UPMC Western Maryland and, as a result, we have a shot at making a real impact. Speaking personally, though I imagine most who work in health care would agree, we all seek to find that one thing that will help just one person.”


About UPMC

A $21 billion health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centered, cost-effective, accountable care. The largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC integrates more than 90,000 employees, 40 hospitals, 700 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a 3.8 million-member Insurance Services Division, the largest medical insurer in western Pennsylvania. In the most recent fiscal year, UPMC contributed $1.4 billion in benefits to its communities, including more care to the region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution, and paid more than $500 million in federal, state, and local taxes. Working in close collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC shares its clinical, managerial, and technological skills worldwide through its innovation and commercialization arm, UPMC Enterprises, and through UPMC International. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside among the nation’s best hospitals in many specialties and ranks UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on its Honor Roll of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals. For more information, go to UPMC.com.

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In 2018, WMHS and UPMC joined together in a clinical affiliation to work cooperatively to enhance healthcare services and to strengthen the delivery of quality care, transform care delivery and reduce the total cost of providing care in the community. In March 2019, the Boards of Directors of both WMHS and UPMC signed a non-binding letter of intent to negotiate an affiliation agreement. Following a nine-month regulatory review and due diligence process by WMHS and UPMC, the Boards co-signed a binding integration and affiliation agreement on January 15, 2020, setting February 1, as the target date for finalizing the affiliation.

“Throughout our research and discussions with UPMC, we became increasingly confident and excited about becoming part of a world-class academic medical center which shares our vision for providing quality patient care,” said Rolf Haarstad, chair of the WMHS Board of Directors. “Our mutual mission is to continue to bring cutting-edge, evidence-based medicine to patients close to home.”

“UPMC has a long, successful track record of affiliations with like-minded hospitals. We know how much this hospital means to the region, and we are thrilled that WMHS has chosen to join UPMC,” said Leslie C. Davis, senior vice president, UPMC, and executive vice president and chief operating officer, UPMC Health Services Division.

UPMC has committed to make certain capital investments to enhance services and upgrade facilities in the Western Maryland region. These investments by UPMC, along with investments that the WMHS Foundation has made and continues to make, will help ensure that UPMC Western Maryland will continue to provide state-of-the-art, quality healthcare for residents as well as maintaining its position as one of the largest employers in the region for years to come.

The new affiliation does not affect patients’ insurance coverage. UPMC Western Maryland will continue to honor the contracts it has in place with regional and national insurers and has reaffirmed its commitment to continue working with multiple payors in the future.

The board of UPMC Western Maryland consists of 12 directors, including 8 appointed by the current WMHS board and 4 designated by the UPMC board.


About UPMC
A $20 billion health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centered, cost-effective, accountable care. The largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC integrates 89,000 employees, 40 hospitals, 700 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a nearly 3.6 million-member Insurance Services Division, the largest medical insurer in western Pennsylvania. In the most recent fiscal year, UPMC contributed $1.2 billion in benefits to its communities, including more care to the region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution, and paid $587 million in federal, state and local taxes. Working in close collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC shares its clinical, managerial and technological skills worldwide through its innovation and commercialization arm, UPMC Enterprises, and through UPMC International. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside on its annual Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals and ranks UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on its Honor Roll of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals. For more information, go to UPMC.com.

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