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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Inpatient care to end, ER to close at AGH Suburban in Bellevue

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

By Steve Twedt, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Reaction to Thursday's announcement that Allegheny General Hospital Suburban Campus' emergency room will close and inpatient care will be discontinued, as much of the Bellevue facility is converted into a long-term acute care facility with an urgent care center and limited outpatient services, has ranged from disappointment to concern to gratitude.

"What's a hospital without an emergency room? People believe this is the beginning of the end of the hospital itself," said Linda Woshner, Bellevue Council vice president, who already had organized a town hall meeting for 6:30 tonight at Bellevue Elementary School for West Penn Allegheny Health Systems officials to meet with residents.

The town hall meeting will go ahead as scheduled, she said, although Mayor George Doscher said he was "very disappointed" that WPAHS officials made their decision before hearing from the community.

"There are generations of people who have volunteered down there, who have raised money to make sure the hospital got the best," said Mr. Doscher. "To turn around and for it not to be there anymore, that's a scary thing. It would have been nice if they would have taken the time to hear the public on this."

But Council President Kathy Coder said that "under the circumstances, I think it's a win-win for everybody. We're going to lose some things, but we're going to gain some things, too" such as the prospect of more jobs.

"There hasn't been a person who, after I explain what's happened and what it's going to be, isn't OK with it."

 

To read more, visit the Post-Gazette website.

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