West Penn Allegheny To Form Medical School?

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The KDKA Investigators have learned the West Penn Allegheny Health System will announce the formation of a medical school.

KDKA’s Marty Griffin reports sources indicate the new medical school will most likely be located at West Penn Hospital on Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield.

According to a letter written by West Penn Allegheny CEO and President Chris Olivia: “Later in the spring, we will formally announce the formation of our new medical school in western Pennsylvania.”

He added: “So many of you have commented on the value of this important educational endeavor for recruiting new physicians, expanding our research capabilities.”

Sources indicate the school will be affiliated with Temple University. Initial plans would place the staff and students in Bloomfield with numbers for both as high as a thousand or more.

Sources indicate medical-financial insiders aren’t as optimistic. It was in June that West Penn announced major layoffs. It was in December the facility closed its emergency room.

Sources indicate staffing and building a medical school will cost several hundred million dollars – money sources indicate West Penn Allegheny does not have access to.

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  1. ANGRY says:

    HUNDRED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO FORM A MEDICAL SCHOOL, WHEN THEY CAN’T EVEN KEEP THEIR HOSPITALS OPEN!! i AM SO ANGRY. i WAS ABLE TO TRANSFER TO ANOTHER HOSPITAL, BUT SO MANY OF MY FELLOW UNEMPLOYEES ARE NOW ON UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNABLE TO FIND JOBS.
    WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?

  2. ? says:

    Why are all of Marty Griffins reports followed by a question mark? Because they might not even be true! You can’t report a memo that someone found in a hospital and report it as fact.Maybe ONE more reliable source instead of people who are walking down the street will prove that your information is even a possibility.

  3. unsatisfied says:

    This doesn’t surprise me, WPAHS has things going on that they are keeping secretive, it has felt that way for a while. They are just a business, and that’s exactly how they act with the community, staff and ex-staff that is there now.

  4. j.s says:

    How can a Hospital that operates in ther red, form a viable medical school. Physicians are leaving ny the droves now. What makes you think a medical school will save them?. I dont think I want a 1st yr med student looking after me!

  5. NursinginPGH says:

    I certainly hope the layoffs weren’t a way to “fund” this medical school project, which I read has been in the works for a decade now. If so , shame on WPAHS. One has to wonder what this health system is thinking anymore? How can a medical school even begin to operate when it is failing to make profit, failing to keep services to the community, failing to keep personnel, failing to keep beds full in its facilites here in Western PA. What kind of learning and clinical opportunity does this even present to a prospective medical student should this school take off? One would have to wonder if the hospitals in the health system will be in operation to present the best learning and clinical environment for one’s medical degree. This clearly has to rub the former and relocated employees and former patients the wrong way. Is this a last ditch or near last ditch effort to compete with UPMC/University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine when the system itself clearly has made choices to leave it losing millions year after year? Well I’m not stating a Pro-UPMC voice here, something needs to be done to save the jobs and services that WPAHS offers to this region before pumping millions more into something such as a medical school, which could tank the system all together…

    ~concerned~

  6. T scott says:

    A new school might bring in funds from Temple and state funds and provide new jobs. Obviously WPAHS can’t attempt this if inside funds are required. Can’t readers find anything positive in the negative atmosphere of health economics which has been brought about by UPMC’s predatorial stance and the tight economic times?

  7. Marie Cornelius says:

    I think a local medical school that favors Western Pennsylvania students who will stay in the region to practice medicine is a great idea. Pitt only accepts 25% PA residents, so their graduates take off and practice elsewhere. We need more docs who will practice in Western PA. Hope this great idea gets off the ground!!

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