The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has a primary service area of 29 western Pennsylvania counties and includes 19 hospital and 10 affiliated hospitals. More than 4,000 physicians provide 2 million outpatient visits and 150,000 hospital admissions each year. In addition to providing world-class clinical care, research has a high priority. For the past several years, the University of Pittsburgh has held the 8th or 9th ranking among all institutions by amount of funding received from the NIH per year.
In 2004, the most recent year for which these data are available, the University of Pittsburgh had 938 NIH grants funded for more than $360 million. Even in these times of tight NIH budgets and funding cutbacks, this represents an increase of almost 9% in the number of grants over the year before. The main campus hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is Presbyterian University Hospital, a 520 bed general medical-surgical teaching hospital complex that is located two blocks from Magee-Womens Hospital.