West Penn Allegheny Health System, Pittsburgh, said it will close Suburban General Hospital but continue outpatient services at the 59-bed campus of Allegheny General Hospital.
West Penn to close Suburban General Hospital
In a filing with the Pennsylvania Health Department, the health system said Suburban General will close in 90 days. Kelly Sorice, a West Penn Allegheny spokeswoman, said Pittsburgh's declining population, the shift to more care delivered outside of hospitals and more patients seeking care in the city's suburbs prompted the system's decision to close the hospital.
Radiology, laboratory and imaging services, dialysis, outpatient oncology, pediatrics and other outpatient services will continue at the campus, which will convert its emergency room to an urgent-care center. LifeCare Hospitals entered into a tentative agreement to expand to 91 from 41 the number of long-term acute-care beds it operates at Suburban General. Sorice said its unclear how many of the hospital's 275 employees would be affected by the closure; workers may remain in outpatient jobs or find new positions within West Penn Allegheny or at LifeCare.
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