UPMC Pinnacle to close hospital

Harrisburg, Pa.-based UPMC Pinnacle plans to close its hospital in Lancaster, Pa., early next year and transition inpatient services to another facility.

The health system decided to close UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster and transition inpatient services to UPMC Pinnacle Lititz (Pa.) "after careful assessment of healthcare services in and around Lancaster County," UPMC Pinnacle said in a press release. The two hospitals are about 7 miles apart.

"Moving inpatient services from UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster to UPMC Pinnacle Lititz will combine the strengths of the outstanding patient care teams from both hospitals, unifying employees and expanding UPMC's high quality of inpatient care and efficient operations in the most modern facility," said David Simons, DO, president of UPMC Pinnacle Lititz medical staff. "UPMC Pinnacle Lititz is an updated facility well-equipped to handle additional services while offering the opportunity for future expansion and growth."

The transition of inpatient services from the Lancaster to the Lititz hospital will be completed by March 2019. UPMC Pinnacle said many employees affected by the closure of the Lancaster hospital will be moved into other jobs within the system, according to PennLive.

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