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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Bellevue hospital to lose ER, beds

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

By Luis Fabregas

Allegheny General Hospital's Suburban campus in Bellevue will shut down its emergency department and stop admitting patients in 90 days, officials at parent West Penn Allegheny Health System said Thursday.

The 106-year-old facility will not completely close. It will continue to offer heavily used outpatient services including radiology, laboratory, dialysis and imaging services. An urgent care center will replace the emergency department to treat minor emergencies.

"I am very, very disappointed," said Linda Woshner, a longtime resident and Bellevue councilwoman. "It's not a hospital if you don't have an ER. They've been removing services for a number of years. This is a real concern."

Officials at financially troubled West Penn Allegheny would not say how many of Suburban's 275 full-time jobs will be affected. Spokeswoman Kelly Sorice said displaced workers will be offered jobs throughout the system or severance packages. The West Penn Allegheny network has about 350 job openings, Sorice said.

In justifying the change, officials said inpatient care constitutes about 4 percent of Suburban's volume. About 86 percent of the 20,000 emergency room visits each year are non-emergency cases that could be treated in an urgent care center.

"The vast majority of patients who visit Suburban's campus do so for outpatient care," said AGH president and CEO Gregory Burfitt.
 

To read more, visit the Tribune-Review website.

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