CONTACT: Georgia Petropoulos, Executive Director
PHONE: 412-327-9124
EMAIL: [email protected]

Pittsburgh, PA & Boulder, CO July 30, 2020

The Oakland Business Improvement District (OBID) has partnered with Qualaris Healthcare Solutions to launch the Oakland Safety Compliance Program which introduces a new digital approach for safety and compliance to combat COVID-19 and accelerate business recovery.

The Program, funded with a grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation, will help businesses mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by implementing always-up-to-date CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines. Guidelines were chosen in consultation with UPMC and PR&LA. Quality assurance will be measured with digital spot checks carried out by the businesses and by 3rd party secret shoppers. The rigorous quality data will be used in Safety Marketing Reports posted on-premise or on social media to help employees, customers and the community understand what businesses are doing to keep them safe.

“UPMC is honored to help partner with our local community businesses to ensure that best practices for infection prevention are upheld. After visiting a few of the participating businesses, it is heartwarming to see the passion they have to ensure that their facilities are safe for customers. They have been asking all the right questions needed to keep everyone safe,” said Ashley Ayres, Director Infection Prevention, UPMC, Presbyterian Shadyside.

It will be immensely beneficial to have effective single source of outreach to keep the public informed. Customers want to know that they will be safe shopping and dining with us, and we want to make sure they know we take that responsibility seriously and have the data to support it.” Maurry Mendelovich, co-owner, Oakland Restaurants Stack’d & CHiKN.

“We want Oakland to bring forth the model for safe shopping and dining which can be extended throughout Pittsburgh and even across Pennsylvania. The community has come together to do our part for safety compliance and will be publicly reporting and marketing compliance data to help consumers identify businesses that are rigorously adopting guidelines,” said Georgia Petropoulos, OBID Executive Director.


Formed in 1999, the Oakland Business Improvement District (OBID) is the region’s second largest place management organization in Pittsburgh, representing a diverse group of decision makers including property and business owners, universities, hospitals, city government, community and cultural non-profits. For additional information visit

Founded in 1947, the Richard King Mellon Foundation is the largest foundation in southwestern Pennsylvania. The Foundation’s 2019 endowment was $2.7 billion and its Trustees in 2019 awarded 172 grants totaling $129 million, focused on the Foundation’s strategic priorities: economic development, education, environmental conservation and human service.

Formed in 2011, and founded in Pittsburgh, Qualaris Healthcare Solutions empowers organizations to keep people safe by simplifying compliance with guidelines and best practices. Today, its infection prevention software is used by over 100 hospitals. Qualaris was part of the Boulder, CO Boomtown Accelerator’s 2020 cohort, and has received funding from Innovation Works. Qualaris credits local organizations in the Pittsburgh community with providing critical early support for the startup’s work including University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Healthcare Council of Western PA, and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation. For additional information visit