2 UPMC hospitals denied tax-exempt status

Two hospitals owned by Williamsport, Pa.-based UPMC Susquehanna have been denied tax-exempt status, according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Under a ruling issued Nov. 5, UPMC Susquehanna Sunbury (Pa.) and UPMC Susquehanna Lock Haven (Pa.), must continue to pay taxes. 

Before UPMC acquired the hospitals three years ago, they were owned by the for-profit hospital operator Quorum Health of Brentwood, Tenn.

The properties have been taxed since 2006, when Quorum Health purchased them. The for-profit operator does not qualify for tax exemption.

UPMC,  a nonprofit hospital system based in Pittsburgh, tried to get out of paying more than $370,000 in taxes from its Sunbury location and $308,000 from its Lock Haven location, according to The Sunbury Daily Item. Both bids were denied. 

UPMC has 30 days to appeal the Northumberland County Board of Assessment's decision. 

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