UPMC agrees to provide social services, minority job opportunities at Mercy Hospital
Pittsburgh City Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle has negotiated an agreement with UPMC whereby the hospital giant will provide an addiction clinic, mental health services and minority job opportunities, among other things, as part of its expansion of UPMC Mercy hospital in Uptown.
UPMC is planning to add a vision and rehabilitation hospital at its Mercy complex as part of a $2 billion systemwide expansion. The Mercy project requires city council approval. Community groups and activists have urged council members to oppose the hospital unless UPMC signs a community benefits agreement.
Lavelle of the Hill District, who represents Uptown, said UPMC has agreed to a series of initiatives that will provide social services and potential jobs for Pittsburgh’s poorest residents.
“They’ve agreed to the various initiatives that I’ve outlined, and it happened through a series of conversations going back and forth over the course of the last few weeks,” Lavelle said.
UPMC spokesman Paul Wood confirmed approval of the agreemnt.
“UPMC was pleased to work with Councilman Lavelle developing this list of initiatives further benefiting the Uptown and Hill District neighborhoods and welcomes his support of our amended institutional master plan,” Wood said.
City council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on UPMC’s plan.
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