Securing a Vibrant Future With UPMC Washington and UPMC Greene

By: Lisa Lombardo

Welcoming UPMC Washington and UPMC Greene to UPMC represents a milestone in our promise to serve and care for all our communities.

The benefits of this affiliation are immense. It preserves local health care access, it builds upon needed life-saving services for more people and it ensures UPMC is growing for a strong future.

‘The Future Is Bright, There Is Much Good to Come’

On June 12, employees, medical staff, and community leaders joined to celebrate the becoming of UPMC Washington and UPMC Greene.

Leslie C. Davis, president and CEO of UPMC, applauded the dedicated leaders who never wavered in belief that Washington Health System would join UPMC.

“It’s been clear how deeply you care about your employees and your community,” said Davis. “Together, we will carry on that culture of caring in our next chapters as UPMC Washington and UPMC Greene.”

Numerous media outlets shared the monumental news of the benefits that will come from our affiliation, including: Marty Griffin of KDKA Radio, KDKA-TV, Washington Observer-Reporter, Pittsburgh Business Times, WPXI-TV and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Watch a recording of the affiliation celebration press conference to hear from Davis and John Surma, chairperson, UPMC board of directors; Brook Ward, president, UPMC Washington; John Six, MD, vice president of Medical Affairs, UPMC Washington; Mayor JoJo Burgess, mayor of Washington, Pa.; and Dan Miller, chairperson, UPMC Washington board of directors.

‘We Brought Quality Health Care From the Big City to Small Town Living’

At the press conference, Mayor JoJo Burgess described a powerful, personal account of the life-changing difference of UPMC’s care (watch below).

His father nearly lost his life. He was on a ventilator at a non-UPMC hospital and needed to be urgently transferred to UPMC for a higher level of care. By the time it took Mayor Burgess to drive from Washington to Pittsburgh, his father was off the vent and sitting up in bed eating Jello.

“UPMC will always be special to me,” Mayor Burgess said. “We got the right outcome we needed for our residents. I am so happy to have UPMC Washington and UPMC Greene.”

‘This Will Uphold and Protect a Healthy Future for This Community’

From every corner of every community served by UPMC, our talented medical staff, visionary leaders and dedicated teams deliver people-focused, best-in-class health care.

  • As we integrate UPMC Washington and UPMC Greene, we will uphold three core commitments:
  • – To keep health care local and grow UPMC Washington as a health care destination for the surrounding communities.
  • – To invest in retaining and recruiting the most talented nurses, physicians, and clinical experts to deliver the very best care.
  • – To contribute impactful investments, ongoing charitable care, and community benefits to improve the health and well-being of the people and places we serve.

“Now, it’s time to move forward by honoring UPMC’s commitments,” Davis continued. “We will proceed with the same tenacity and fervor to secure a vibrant future.”