LifeCare Hospitals to close, displacing 122 workers
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.
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.
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.