UPMC Pinnacle to close hospital this month: 5 things to know

UPMC Pinnacle will close its hospital in Lancaster, Pa., on Feb. 28.

Five things to know:

1. The Harrisburg, Pa.-based health system announced plans in December to close UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster and transition inpatient services to UPMC Pinnacle Lititz (Pa.). The two hospitals are about 7 miles apart.

2. UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster will permanently shut down Feb. 28, according to a news release issued Feb. 15.

3. The hospital will phase out services over the next few weeks. On Feb. 15, the hospital stopped accepting direct admissions from physicians. EMS and ambulance services will stop bringing emergency patients to UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster on Feb. 23.

4. Any remaining inpatients at UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster on Feb. 28 will be transferred to UPMC Pinnacle Lititz.

5. "During the transition, patient safety and access are our top priorities, and we are committed to completing these final steps without interrupting patient care," UPMC Pinnacle President and CEO Philip Guarneschelli said in the news release. "We look forward to combining the strengths of our outstanding patient care teams and bringing all our inpatient programs to one campus making care more convenient for patients."

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