UPMC to spend $1.5B on Pinnacle improvements

New names also unveiled as part of merger ceremony

UPMC Pinnacle President and CEO Phillip Guarneschelli used a bullhorn to tell workers to unveil the new sign at UPMC Pinnacle Community Osteopathic hospital in Lower Paxton Township on Monday, as officials formally marked Harrisburg-based PinnacleHealth's merger with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. - (Photo / Amy Spangler)

UPMC officials have pledged to maintain a strong local presence in the communities served by PinnacleHealth, backed by more than a billion dollars’ worth of spending at campuses across the midstate.

Officials with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center system, together with leaders from Harrisburg-based Pinnacle — now UPMC Pinnacle — gathered at UPMC Pinnacle Community Osteopathic hospital in Lower Paxton Township on Monday to commemorate the two organizations’ recent merger and discuss plans for the future.

In addition to the spending plan, they revealed a new logo and new names for UPMC Pinnacle’s eight hospitals.

“We are excited about the potential for UPMC Pinnacle and our shared plans to make UPMC Pinnacle our regional hub in central Pennsylvania,” said Dr. Steven Shapiro, executive vice president, chief medical and scientific officer of UPMC and president of its health services division.

Site plans

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UPMC plans to spend approximately $1.5 billion on UPMC Pinnacle’s inpatient and outpatient campuses — including four recently added hospitals — to expand and enhance services; upgrade facilities, infrastructure and information technology; recruit both primary care and specialty physicians; and advance clinical research and education, officials said.

There is no specific timeline for the spending plan, they added.

“This is an exciting day for PinnacleHealth – it is a new chapter in our more than 100-year history of serving the people of central Pennsylvania,” UPMC Pinnacle President and CEO Phillip Guarneschelli said. “Through this partnership, we are helping ensure that our communities have access to the latest treatments and most innovative tools, as well as leading physicians and providers.”

Pinnacle’s hospitals also have new names. They are:

• UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle, formerly Carlisle Regional Medical Center.

• UPMC Pinnacle Community Osteopathic, formerly Community General Osteopathic Hospital.

• UPMC Pinnacle Hanover, formerly Hanover Hospital.

• UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg, formerly Harrisburg Hospital.

• UPMC Pinnacle Lititz, formerly Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center.

• UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster, formerly Lancaster Regional Medical Center.

• UPMC Pinnacle Memorial, formerly Memorial Hospital of York.

• UPMC Pinnacle West Shore, formerly West Shore Hospital.

One of the hospitals also is on track to move.

Site work for a new Memorial building on Loucks Road in West Manchester Township is complete, Guarneschelli said, and officials hope to have steel in the ground by Christmas, he added. The 130-bed facility is scheduled to open in mid-2019.

Based in Pittsburgh, UPMC is the largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, with 80,000 employees, more than 30 hospitals, 600 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a 3.2 million-member insurance services division, the largest medical insurer in western Pennsylvania.

UPMC Pinnacle’s 11,000 employees serve a 10-county area at outpatient facilities and eight acute care hospitals with 1,360 licensed beds.

Read more about UPMC’s plans for the Pinnacle system in Friday’s print edition of the Business Journal.

First responders honored

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Also on Monday — the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks — UPMC Pinnacle presented a certificate of appreciation to first responders, and announced a new $2,500 community leadership award contest for first responder organizations in the system’s 10-county service area.

Nonprofit organizations that provide 9-1-1 service and respond to fewer than 5,000 calls per year are eligible.

One organization each from Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry, York, Lancaster, Lebanon, Juniata, Franklin, Adams and Snyder counties will be chosen, based on nominations.

Nominations can be submitted online at www.pinnaclehealth.org/firstresponders, where official rules can be found.

The nomination process opened Monday and ends Oct. 1. Honorees will be invited to a luncheon and award ceremony on Oct. 12.

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