Aliquippa (Pa.) Community Hospital filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection yesterday, 18 months after the community won the financially beleaguered hospital back from 17-hospital UPMC Health System, Pittsburgh. Hospital President Fred Hyde, M.D., said the voluntary filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Pittsburgh was in response to the hospital's inability to close a $3 million budget gap but would not disrupt operations or lead to major layoffs. The hospital likely will file a reorganization plan in early December, Hyde said. "Preserving the hospital is our highest priority," hospital Chairman George Ehringer said in a written statement. The 24-bed hospital was slated by UMPC to close in 2001 after five years under the UPMC umbrella. Instead, the health system agreed to transfer the title to the hospital's previous owner, a not-for-profit community group, and sweetened the deal with $2.5 million in working capital. -- by Cinda Becker
Pa. hospital, once part of UPMC, files Chapter 11
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