St. Clair Hospital

 

St. Clair Hospital

St. Clair Hospital

 

St. Clair Hospital (SCH) is a 390 bed independent community hospital providing comprehensive, high quality care to the residents of Southwestern Pennsylvania. The hospital’s main campus is conveniently located just outside of downtown Pittsburgh. SCH offers a dedicated in-patient unit for bariatric patients with experienced nursing and dietary staff. The operating room at SCH has developed a dedicated team for bariatric surgery; the same nurses and anesthesia personnel are present for each case. Research demonstrates that consistent care contributes to better surgical outcomes. For more information on SCH visit: www.stclair.org

Our St. Clair office is located in the St. Clair Hospital Professional Building, Suite 203. Patients are seen by our surgeons, Nurse Practitioner, Physician’s Assistant, Registered Dietitian and Registered Nurse for post-surgery care and patient education.

Our administrative office staff includes experienced, professional and patient-centered people. Our practice takes pride in offering you an excellent overall surgical experience.

The hospital address is 1000 Bower Hill Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15243. The main phone number is 412.344.6600.

Bariatric Seminars at St Clair are held on the 4th floor in the Conference Center. Call our main number for times and dates: 412.741.8862.

 

Directions to St. Clair Hospital:

From The North Take I-79 South to Exit 55 (Heidelberg/Kirwan Heights). At the traffic light turn right onto Route 50. Immediately get in the left hand lane and turn left at first traffic light onto Vanadium Road. Follow Vanadium (approximately 1 l/2 miles) to the first traffic light and turn left onto Bower Hill Road. St. Clair Hospital is on the left at 1000 Bower Hill Road.

From The East Take the Parkway (Route 376 West) through the Fort Pitt Tunnels. Take Banksville Road Exit (Route 19 South). Follow Banksville Road to the Y, veer right at the Y (past Boston Market) onto Beverly Road. At the end of Beverly Road, make a left onto Cochran Road. At the first traffic light, turn right onto Bower Hill Road and go approx. 1 l/2 miles to St. Clair Hospital on the right.

From The South Take I-79 North to Exit 55 (Heidelberg/Kirwan Heights). At the traffic light turn right onto Route 50. Immediately get in the left hand lane and turn left at first traffic light onto Vanadium Road. Follow Vanadium (approximately 1 l/2 miles) to the first traffic light and turn left onto Bower Hill Road. St. Clair Hospital is on the left at 1000 Bower Hill Road.

(South - First Alternate Route) Take Route 19 North and turn left at the intersection of Route 19 and Gilkeson. Make a right onto Cedar Blvd. (first light after passing Galleria entrances). At the first traffic light turn left onto Greenhurst. At the next traffic light turn left onto Bower Hill Road to the hospital.

(South - Second Alternate Route) Take Route 51 North to Route 88 Overbrook. Turn left onto Route 88. Go to first traffic light and turn right at light onto McNeilly Road. Go to the end of McNeilly Road and turn left onto Pioneer Ave. Go to the light and turn left on to West Liberty Ave. Go approx. 1 mile to Bower Hill Road (opposite St. Bernard's Catholic Church). Turn right onto Bower Hill Road and go approx. 2 miles to St. Clair Hospital on the right.

(South - From Bethel Park / Castle Shannon Area.) Take Route 88 to Connor Road. From Bethel Park make a left onto Connor Road or from Castle Shannon, make a right onto Connor Road. Make a right onto Cedar Blvd. (first light after passing Galleria entrances). At the first traffic light turn left onto Greenhurst. At the next traffic light turn left onto Bower Hill Road to the hospital.

From The West Take the Parkway (Route 22-30, also 279) to I-79 South. Take I-79 South to Exit 55 (Heidelberg / Kirwan Heights). At the traffic light turn right onto Route 50. Immediately get in the left hand lane and turn left at first traffic light onto Vanadium Road. Follow Vanadium (approximately 1 l/2 miles) to the first traffic light and turn left onto Bower Hill Road. St. Clair Hospital is on the left at 1000 Bower Hill Road.


PATIENT TESTIMONIAL
When you asked for a picture of me doing something that I can do now that I could not do prior to my surgery, I thought about it long and hard for several days. I thought I can send you a pic of me on the treadmill, playing freeze tag with my kids, going down the slide or across the monkey bars, I could even send you a pic of me tying my shoes. I thought about taking a picture of my shadow, the one thing I use to hide from. I hated my shadow…it looked like a huge marshmallow with arms BUT now I love my shadow; I jump at the chance to chase it. But, the biggest change in my life is one that is hard to capture in pictures.
Prior to my surgery I had so many medical issues like gout, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, fatty liver, severe sleep apnea, Meniere's, arthritis throughout my spine, gull and kidney stones and I was just plain miserable. I remember lying awake at night fantasizing about what would make me happy again…a big house, winning the lottery, a fancy car or maybe moving out of the state or even the country…surely those things would make me happy. All the pain and discomfort and the sadness masked the fact that I had so much to be happy for because I have always had love in my life but I could not see it; I even think I stopped feeling it for a long while. I would smile at my loved ones and occasionally I would laugh too but it was more mechanical than anything else. It broke my heart the day my youngest son told his teacher that I never laugh. I thought he had to be wrong; surely I laugh but you know kids…they are not easily fooled. I think Jayson knew that I wasn't feeling what you should feel when you are laughing or smiling.
Finally I made the decision to go with the gastric bypass surgery and I can tell you, with each day of recovery after the bypass I began to feel again; I was crawling out of a depression that I did not even know I was in. Before I knew it I was even laughing and smiling and I was truly feeling it. I am off the c-pap machine and all of the medicine I was on and the nights of fantasizing about what would make me happy were replaced by happy memories of the day's events and making plans for the following day. My happy memories are now of silly little moments like playing with the kids, dancing with my daughter, walking the dogs and laughing at random things my loved ones do. The plans I make for the future make me giddy; these aren't huge plans of travel or spending money…these plans are bigger than that, they are of living my life…baking cookies, coloring with my kids, playing freeze tag, and walking my dogs.
You see Cindy, the biggest thing this surgery did for me was to allow me to smile at my life…and truly mean it. So…I am sending you a picture of me smiling.
 

- Lora



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