Kinkead secures $2 million to expand UPMC Heart Institute

State grant to fund lab upgrades, new waiting area

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 21 – A $2 million state grant has been awarded to support the renovation and expansion of the Heart Institute at UPMC Children’s Hospital, state Rep. Emily Kinkead, D-Allegheny, announced today.

“Children's Hospital is a leading force for innovation in pediatric medicine,” said Kinkead. “This funding will quite literally be lifesaving for children in our region and across the country that are in need of cardiac care.”

Kinkead specified that the project will involve the following:

  • Addressing foundational, structure, and mechanical systems.
  • Renovating clinical spaces; upgrading them with new catheterization labs, including a hybrid lab connected to a new cardiac MRI suite; plus, extra lab space and upgrading any outdated equipment.
  • Creating a new patient waiting area, staff offices and a direct connection to the cafeteria.
  • Transforming part of the patio into a dining and play area.

The funding is provided by the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, which is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects.