UPMC appeals vote blocking new hospital 1 mile from Allegheny Health rival

Pittsburgh-based UPMC will appeal a decision to revoke a zoning permit that would have allowed the health system to build a 63-bed hospital near a rival system, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

UPMC disagreed with a Sept. 16 vote from the Jefferson Hills Borough Zoning Hearing Board to revoke the permit. The municipality did not have a comment on the board's decision, but community members had voiced concerns about excess traffic, lighting and noise should UPMC be allowed to build the hospital.

UPMC's proposed three-story hospital, to be named UPMC South Hospital, would have been located roughly a mile from Jefferson Hospital in Jefferson Hills, Pa. The hospital is operated by UPMC rival Allegheny Health Network, also based in Pittsburgh.

In a statement to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a UPMC spokesperson said the health system looks "forward to a positive outcome as we continue to meet the growing demand for UPMC care and services."

The board has 45 days to explain in writing why it voted to revoke the permit. 

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