PITTSBURGH, PA (July 25, 2018) Mayor William Peduto today issued the following statement in favor of plans for a new UPMC Mercy Vision and Rehabilitation Hospital in the city's Uptown area:
"I support plans for the new Mercy Vision and Rehabilitation Hospital because of the world-class and unparalleled vision and therapeutic services it will provide critically ill patients, and the transformative effect it will have on Uptown and the Hill District.
Construction of the new hospital will anchor the EcoInnovation corridor through Downtown, Uptown, the Hill and Oakland, and is supported by community-based equitable development plans for the area. Led by Uptown Partners, community leaders and residents of the Uptown community have worked diligently on the plans, shaped them with UPMC to meet their needs and decided to back the construction, and so do I.
Construction and operation of the hospital will also create good union jobs for local residents. As the Pittsburgh economy evolves it is imperative that it be an economy for all, and I will make sure that UPMC lives up to its commitments in this project to recruit local residents for jobs there. I am a longtime and proven supporter of union and worker rights, and I continue to stand in support of organized labor's fights for its members, particularly in a time when strong federal forces are mounting against them.
I am further encouraged by the additional services for at-risk populations, such as those experiencing homelessness, which UPMC Mercy will provide with the construction of this hospital. UPMC has long supported Mercy Hospital's mission of helping those in need in Uptown and the greater Pittsburgh community and continued to invest in the institution despite ongoing budget pressures. The new hospital will cement the long-term presence of Mercy in the community.
I look forward to working alongside City Council on efforts to approve plans for the Vision and Rehabilitation Hospital, and to deliver on years of work on the community-based rebirth of Uptown and the Hill District."