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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: 1994 deal may limit plans for Suburban General

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

By Steve Twedt, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
As West Penn Allegheny Health System officials ponder the future of the Suburban General Hospital campus in Bellevue, questions have arisen about possible legal constraints on what actions they can take.

The Post-Gazette has obtained a copy of the September 1994 affiliation agreement between a then-independent Suburban General Hospital and West Penn Hospital that states that Suburban must remain an acute care facility with its own medical staff, inpatient beds, operating rooms and emergency room.

West Penn Allegheny officials have said they don't intend to close the 59-bed hospital, but there has been discussion of scaling back services and even converting it into an urgent care center with no inpatient care because of a decreasing patient census.

The 1994 agreement would seem to preclude that.

 

To read more, visit the Post-Gazette website.

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