I remember noticing from time to time how many nurses on this board are based out of Pittsburgh.
As part of a spin off from another thread (this board has become my own personal spider web, jumping from thread to thread), I'd like some info on nursing in Pittsburgh... which hospitals there are, where is good to work, where is not.... I'll be living in WV and commuting the 30-40 minutes to Pittsburgh for work.
I greatly appreciate any info, and will share my butter pecan ice cream with you.
Sep 1, '02
One of Pittsburgh's monikers is the City of Hospitals. There are many! University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) owns many of them. They have lots of big hospitals including Presbyterian (where liver transplants originated with Dr. Starzl), Montefiore, Eye & Ear, Shadyside Hospital, Passavant, St. Margarets, recently acquired Children's Hospital, several outlaying hospitals such as McKeesport and Braddock. I know I'm missing some.
The other big system in town is the West Penn Allegheny Health System which has seven hospitals (most familiar with these since I'm with this system). Allegheny General Hospital is 700+ bed tertiary care center and The Western Pennsylvania Hospital (West Penn) which is 500+ bed center. They have four community hospitals with my hospital being the largest community hospital, Forbes Regional, which is licensed for 300+ beds but not running at that. Suburban General, Canonsburg and Alle-Kiski Medical Centers in this group too (farther from city).
Independently owned St. Francis just closed, a sad story. Mercy Hospital system is still on its own and has Mercy Hospital and Mercy Providence.
Upper St. Clair Hospital. The VA Hospital.
Oh, I know I'm missing more! There some farther from the city...Uniontown, Washington, Westmoreland, Jeannette, Frick, Latrobe...lots and lots of hospitals around here. I think Washingon Hospital is probably closest to the WV border, a community hospital. Allegheny General and Suburban General are probably the farthest--AGH is in the northside of Pgh and SG is northern suburbs of Pgh.
Last edit by Zee_RN on Sep 1, '02