Urological Comprehensive Care Program
The Urological Comprehensive Care Program units at UPMC Shadyside offer surgical urology patients in Pittsburgh the first “acuity-adaptable bed” program in urologic care in the United States.
Acuity-adaptable programs innovatively meld technologically advanced treatment with focused nursing care. This new way of practicing medicine offers patients improved continuity by providing state-of-the-art clinical care in a single location. In essence, it brings care to the patient’s bedside instead of moving patients to care sites throughout the hospital.
By reducing the number of transfers to essentially just a trip to the operating room and back, the program simplifies treatment, lessens stress on the patient, and gives staff the extra time and ability to deliver individual attention. Care is overseen by a specially trained nurse coordinator to ensure continuity of care.
The rooms in this unit are comfortable and home-like. Patients stay in the same room for all pre- and post-operative care, and they are monitored by the same nurse throughout their stay, from a phone call the night before surgery, to admission, recovery, and discharge.
Getting up and moving as soon as possible after surgery helps speed the recovery process. The UCCP’s dedicated fitness room, complete with treadmills, means patients do not have to walk in public hallways to get their exercise.
The unit also offers computer and Internet access to patients, so that they can keep in touch with their families, friends, and business colleagues.
The UCCP is led by Joel Nelson, MD, chairman of Urology at UPMC, who is nationally recognized for both his clinical work and research.
For patient referral or consultations, contact the Department of Urology at 412-692-4100.