A march is scheduled on Tuesday ahead of a public hearing at Pittsburgh’s city council about a proposed UPMC vision and rehabilitation hospital in Uptown.
A coalition of Pittsburgh community organizations say they’re concerned with the health care system’s plan to build a trio of specialty hospitals, including the Uptown location. The group argues that instead of spending $2 billion for specialty facilities, UPMC should expand treatment in areas like opioid addiction, diabetes, mental health and primary care.
“We need to think about the health challenges that people in our community actually have, and make sure that when UPMC investing its money, it’s addressing those and not just high-cost specialty procedures that would primarily be used by people outside of Pittsburgh,” said Jennifer Rafanan Kennedy, executive director of Pittsburgh UNITED, a coalition member that advocates for social and economic justice.
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