Today, UPMC leaders marked the return of the UPMC Matilda H. Theiss Health Center in the Hill District area. The clinic has been a staple of this community for decades, working to address health disparities by providing services to patients who need them most.

“Caring for our community is part of who we are as providers of family medicine, and we believe in meeting people where they are,” said Dr. Jonathan Yadlosky, the center’s medical director, who had moved temporarily in August 2021 to the South. Side due to security issues in the previous building. “This new location is what I consider to be the hub of the Hill District. We are right next to a main thoroughfare in town and close to several bus routes, making this clinic easy to get to no matter where you are from.

The clinic will provide comprehensive and holistic care for all family members, including essential screenings and vaccinations, sick visits, behavioral health services, access to a nutritionist and more in a comforting environment. All clinic equipment is brand new and all photographs feature historical scenes of the neighborhood. A hand-painted mural by ACH Clear Pathwaysa non-profit organization that connects families to the arts, spotlights the Center Avenue Corridor.

“As family physicians, we are in a unique position to address health disparities in our communities,” said Tracey Conti, MD, chair of the Department of Family Medicine, UPMC and University of Pittsburgh. “We take care of the whole family, learn their values ​​and their life outside the clinic. We listen to their concerns and difficulties so that we can provide personalized and compassionate care. »

Many patients have been visiting the clinic for years – and sometimes for several generations.

“A lot of patients say this clinic feels like home,” said Michelle Hardeman, a licensed practical nurse at UPMC Matilda Theiss and a patient at the clinic. “They see a familiar face and they feel welcome here. This clinic is truly an integral part of the Hill.

The clinic will begin seeing patients on Friday, April 1. Local health centers are a key tactic in UPMC’s broader strategy to address health disparities in western Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland.

“Health care is an essential institution in every community, and we need to ensure that no matter where they live, our patients have access to high-quality care close to home,” said Leslie C. Davis, Chairman and CEO of UPMC. “We need to be intentional about where and how we reach each of our communities. Matilda Theiss’ team took great care in selecting this location and designing the clinic so that the Hill District community has the services it needs in a welcoming, patient-centered environment.