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Valley News Dispatch: Alle-Kiski Medical Center has no plans to close

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

By Jessica Turnbull

Despite rumors that West Penn Allegheny Health System may close one of its hospitals, the CEO of Alle-Kiski Medical Center said it's not going anywhere.

In fact, Alle-Kiski Medical Center, which includes Allegheny Valley Hospital in Harrison and Citizens Ambulatory Care Center in New Kensington, will be completing the $11.4 million expansion of its emergency services department at AVH this year and plans to open three neighborhood clinics, CEO Ned Laubacher said.

"We're trying to show our confidence in the investments we've made in the past year," Laubacher said.

Concerns about the hospital's future were prompted by a March 8 town hall-style meeting where Dan Laurent, director of media relations, said nothing had been decided about hospital closings.

"We're exploring a variety of options with regards to meeting the health care needs of the community," Laurent said.

Kelly Sorice, vice president of communications for West Penn Allegheny, said Friday that there are no plans to close Alle-Kiski Medical Center.

"Alle-Kiski is well equipped to help provide care in the suburbs, which is where, statistically, patients would rather receive care than the city," she said.

Laubacher said the emergency services expansion will fill a need in the Alle-Kiski Valley.

The front lobby, driveway, registration desk and gift shop will be completed by the end of the month. The entire project will be completed in December.

"The emergency services department is the first of many investments," he said.

Another key move: Taking health care into the community, he said.

To read  more, please visit the Valley News Dispatch website.

 

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