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LifeCare Hospitals to close, displacing 122 workers

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LifeCare Hospitals of Mechanicsburg LLC, a provider of specialty acute medical care, is shutting its doors, displacing 122 workers.

The hospital is located at 4950 Wilson Lane in Lower Allen Township.

"We have made the difficult decision to close our hospital in Mechanicsburg. We began communicating with employees, patients and physicians late last week. This was not an easy decision," a spokeswoman for LifeCare said.

Layoffs will take effect Sept. 10, the company said in a layoff notice it provided to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

Some 122 workers will lose their jobs as a result of the closure, according to the notice which was made under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN, Act.

"This is to advise you that on or about September 10, 2018, LifeCare Hospitals of Mechanicsburg will permanently close and the Company anticipates its employees’ last day to be on that date," the notice read.

The company expects that its Mechanicsburg patients will be able to complete their recoveries before the facility closes, but said it will work carefully with its physicians and care teams to ensure a smooth transition for any patient who should require ongoing care.

"We appreciate the dedication of our Mechanicsburg employees and regret this decision will affect them in a deeply personal way. We are encouraging them to apply for open positions in our other hospitals, and our human resources team and local outside agencies are also working to offer placement opportunities for affected employees," the spokeswoman said.

LifeCare's parent company, LifeCare Holdings Inc., filed for bankruptcy in 2012 and was acquired by another company.

The Texas-based company currently operates 28 facilities in nine states, according to its website.

LifeCare Hospitals of Mechanicsburg was not among the locations listed.

Editor's note: This story has been modified from its original version to include comments from LifeCare.


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Sana August 12, 2018 1:33 pm

Its sad to know that 122 workers may loose their jobs with the shutting down of the hospitall. Hope the authorities will find some alternative ways to find another options for the workers. Shutting of LifeCare Hospitals was a shocking news infact. Get Provider

Jeff July 26, 2018 7:30 pm

This is so sad, I wish there was something I could do for those 122 people. Of the 28 other LifeCare hospitals, the employees should be on alert and keep their options open in case the same thing happens. Jeff owner of Mobile Mechanic Orlando

ritariya July 24, 2018 3:46 am

Accidentally I have seen your blog and I was shocked to see the news. The life care hospitals were closed and many workers were displaced. It leads to a great loss. Why had this happened? Patients were really struggling with a lot. I think the employees in the hospitals were so dedicated to their works. I wish it gets opened soon. weblink

benny July 23, 2018 7:07 am

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