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UPMC Chautauqua believes the Jamestown Health and Wellness District will continue to expand and provide residents with a greater variety of health services. Pictured is the UPMC Chautauqua headquarters on Foote Avenue in Jamestown. Stock photo PJ

UPMC Chautauqua continues to expand its health care services as part of the Jamestown Health and Wellness District.

Cecil Miller, vice president of operations at UPMC, said while the hospital hasn’t been “actively involved” with the city on the city’s second master plan, the hospital plays a key role in the health and well-being district.

“Definitely as a hospital in the city and truly one of the largest hospitals in the region, we play an important role in the health corridor,” he said. “Not just UPMC the hospital, but definitely our GLPP partners at the Riverwalk Center.”

Miller said UPMC partners with agencies such as Western New York Urology, Western New York Cancer Care and The Chautauqua Center. As the city’s health and wellness district continues to expand, Miller explained that each of the health professionals work together to benefit the community.

“I think there is great collaboration across all agencies in the health care corridor,” he said.

Regarding UPMC Chautauqua’s recent updates, Miller said the organization has invested more than $50 million in the hospital since the hospital joined the UPMC system about six years ago. As a result of the significant investment in the hospital, UPMC recently completed new projects and is planning new projects to improve the hospital and provide better health care to the community.

“We have a brand new area of ​​radiology, a new CT scan and a new robot for our robotic surgery program,” he said. “We’re just planning a new lab project as well as a heart health lab, a lot of infrastructure projects, and we continue to continue to improve the facility.”

As for the health and wellness district, Miller said the health care corridor has continued to add new services, as well as new health professionals. To give a couple of examples, Miller explained that Chautauqua Center recently added new health care workers and UPMC hired a new pulmonologist and a few other specialists in the last year.

“We are all continuing to recruit new doctors and new providers,” he said. “I think the services provided within the corridor have definitely expanded.”

Regarding the future of the Jamestown Health and Wellness District, Miller said he believes it will continue to grow so that health care providers will be able to better serve and meet the needs of the community. He stressed the importance of having health workers in the community who can provide a broad range of services so that residents do not have to leave the community to get needed health services.

“We want it to be affordable, especially for the underserved part of our community,” he said. “We want easy access to healthcare for all of our residents.”

While the health and wellness district is primarily concerned with meeting the health care needs of the community, Miller added that health care providers located in the area also provide economic benefits to the Jamestown community. Miller said UPMC is one of “Major Economic Drivers” in both Jamestown County and Chautauqua County.

Miller also highlighted the ability of the healthcare community to serve as one of the primary reasons people move to the Jamestown area.

“People who are looking to move here are definitely looking for two things,” he said. “This is healthcare and schools. I think providing high quality healthcare is very important to bring new people to the area and to keep the ones we have.”

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