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UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster outlines closure, will start diverting patients

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UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster expects to begin diverting patients to other local hospitals and practices as it prepares to close at the end of the month.

The Lancaster hospital said today it will stop accepting direct admissions from physicians on Feb. 28. It also plans to stop EMS transport services to the hospital and transition its practices to other locations.

The hospital system announced the closure in December, originally stating that it expected the process to be complete sometime in March.

An updated timeline of the closing process noted that EMS and ambulance services will stop transporting patients to UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster by Feb. 23 and will instead take patients to UPMC Pinnacle Lititz and Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health.

The hospital’s practices, which include College Avenue Family Medicine, Regional Neurology and Pain Management Associates will move into the Lancaster Medical Arts Building at 233 College Ave. and will open on Feb. 28. All other services, including walk-in emergencies, will stop at 7 a.m. on Feb. 28.

UPMC Pinnacle expects to continue care in Lancaster through its UPMC Outpatient Center and the practices moving to the Medical Arts Building. All other services, according to a statement from UPMC Pinnacle, will be sent to UPMC Pinnacle Lititz.

Services being added to the Warwick Township hospital include: OB-GYN and orthopedic-spine providers, a second cardiac catheterization lab and CT scanner, additions to oncology treatment and expansions to cancer services.

“With these steps, we are helping ensure the continued availability of high-quality clinical care in the Lancaster community,” said Philip Guarneschelli, president and CEO of UPMC Pinnacle in a press release.

Roughly 500 employees were affected by the closure but Guarneschelli said that about 70 percent of UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster’s employees will be moving to another UPMC Pinnacle hospital, 25 percent have accepted severance and the remaining five percent of employees have left the system without severance.

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Ioannis Pashakis

Ioannis Pashakis

Ioannis Pashakis covers health care and Lancaster County. Email him at ipashakis@cpbj.com.

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