“Our mission is always focused on the needs of our patients and ensuring they have the exceptional, academic care of WVU Medicine available to them,” David Hess, M.D., president and CEO of Uniontown Hospital, said. “Reintroducing this service to our community gives our patients world-class care close to home and makes good on our promise to bring key services to the people of southwestern Pennsylvania.”
Work is underway to launch the new service line in September.
The Family Beginnings Birthing Center at Uniontown Hospital closed on June 30, 2019, after the hospital transitioned away from past partnerships. The following year, the hospital joined WVU Medicine and has rapidly grown and reinvigorated services.
With the introduction of obstetrical care, patients that were traveling to WVU Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va., for care will have the option to stay close to home while continuing to receive care from WVU Medicine faculty obstetricians and gynecologists.
“One of our main goals in the WVU Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is to ensure that women receive the best obstetrics and gynecology care locally,” Leo Brancazio, M.D., chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, said. “The fact that WVU Medicine can soon provide these services will be a further step toward that goal. I am honored that we will be able to serve these patients.”
The hospital had renovated what was then the labor and delivery unit in 2015 and when the unit shuttered in 2019, that portion of the building was closed but maintained. This will allow for a rapid turnaround to get the new program started in September.
Last fall, WVU Medicine Children’s and WVU Medicine Uniontown Hospital entered into a program affiliation to help serve the children of Fayette and Greene counties.
That affiliation gives providers the ability to provide an enhanced level of care to infants, children, and adolescents close to home. Providing these capabilities and best practices will allow Uniontown Hospital and WVU Medicine Children’s to ensure affordable, accessible, and comprehensive care for their most vulnerable patients. The collaboration provides state-of-the-art, nationally recognized pediatric care for families in the area through access to sub-specialty care, preventive care, research, and education programs.
Josh Krysak, WVU Medicine Uniontown Hospital Director of Community and Patient Relations, 724-430-8634, email@example.com