UPMC is supporting the development of health care careers in northwest Pennsylvania and New York through the UPMC Jameson School of Nursing at UPMC Hamot. Opened in 2021, the school is a partnership with Hamot Health Foundation and Gannon University. Designed to increase equitable access to education and provide employment in underserved communities, UPMC Hamot offers clinical training and on-the-job experience to registered nurse candidates. Graduates are recruited to fill nurse vacancies at UPMC Hamot, as well as in other health care settings. Students also have the option of completing a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Gannon University.
As one of only two hospitals in McKean County, UPMC Kane provides quality medical services to area residents who may otherwise have to travel long distances for care. To make treatments easier for patients to access locally, the hospital implemented a new model of collaborative care as part of the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model.
In addition, in 2022, UPMC Kane implemented the first-in-Pennsylvania Tele-Emergency Department (Tele-ED). Using advanced technology and leading-edge methods, providers deliver the same high-quality health care through virtual means as they do through in-person visits.
Bedside care is delivered by APPs — physician assistants (PAs) and certified registered nurse practitioners (CRNPs) — who use advanced video, audio, and examination technology to seamlessly and quickly connect patients with board-certified emergency medicine physicians at UPMC Hamot. Together, the APP and physician diagnose and care for the patient.
In 2021, UPMC Hamot’s Patient Care Tower opened ahead of schedule to provide additional capacity throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The seven-story building houses two new intensive care units — providing advanced care and specialty services, especially for acutely ill patients. The tower also features expanded patient rooms with negative airflow capabilities, a vital protective measure in airborne outbreaks or pandemics.
Through the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) of Lawrence County, UPMC Jameson provides prevention, intervention, education, and outreach programs that serve children and families. The CAC, which offers programming targeted at ending child abuse and promoting great childhoods, provides:
UPMC Horizon partners with UPMC Horizon Community Health Foundation and Primary Health Network to help provide transportation to patients who do not have the means or ability to get to medical appointments or return home from emergency visits. By collaborating with various transportation programs, including local EMS and public and private services, the hospital is helping to:
UPMC Northwest provides telepsychiatry visits in the Family Birthing Center — offering patients at risk of postpartum depression or anxiety an opportunity to consult with a behavioral health specialist.
UPMC Jameson offers weight management and weight loss services to employees and community members through the MyPath program. This flexible initiative is tailored to individual needs by a registered dietician who helps participants reach their weight loss goals. The MyPath program connects patients to weight loss support and tracking assistance through in-person sessions with a dietician or through an online or smartphone app. To register for MyPath, call
This year, UPMC Hamot, in collaboration with Erie County, Corry Memorial Hospital, and other community leaders, completed the Blue Zones Project — an effort to bring community wellbeing to the City of Corry. The Blue Zones Project used a community-wide, evidence-based approach to improve health and wellbeing by making healthier choices easier for everyone. The community worked together to help create a healthier place to live, work, and play – addressing obesity, smoking, and chronic disease.
Every three years, UPMC works with local community partners and public health experts to identify actions and plans to improve community health in what is known as a Community Health Needs Assessment. Thousands of area residents and hundreds of community organizations help to identify the communities’ most pressing health needs.
For more information on UPMC’s impact in its communities, view the Regional Progress Report for northwest Pennsylvania and New York here.