UPMC Pinnacle to close Lancaster hospital

By on December 12, 2018

UPMC Pinnacle announced it will move many services to UPMC Pinnacle Lititz hospital after it closes UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster hospital.

In a written statement released Tuesday, UPMC Pinnacle said the move is part of “a three-part plan to ensure the continued availability of the high-quality clinical care expected of UPMC for Lancaster-area communities.”

Part of the plan includes inpatient services to be transitioned from UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster and be centralized at UPMC Pinnacle Lititz, seven miles from the Lancaster campus. The change will be completed by March 2019.

UPMC Pinnacle will also continue investing in centralizing services on the Lititz campus, expanding current programs, and introducing new services.

New UPMC Pinnacle Sign at the former Heart of Lancaster location near Lititz.

“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, 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 comprehensive plan will strengthen our leading women’s health, acute care, emergency, and specialty services, providing outstanding treatment for our patients and their families. Moving surgical oncology and musculoskeletal tumor services from UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster to UPMC Pinnacle Lititz will ensure first-in-class care for all the communities we serve in the most modern facility,” added Sharee Livingston, DO, obstetrics and gynecologist, UPMC Pinnacle OBGYN of Lancaster. UPMC Pinnacle will collaborate with local providers of inpatient care, including nearby Lancaster General Health on meeting the needs of the local community.

“Our goal is to provide access to superb clinical care, balanced with a prudent stewardship of economic resources. Integrating duplicative services and investing in the Lititz campus is the right thing to do for our patients in order to provide the best possible care,” stated Philip Guarneschelli, FACHE, president and CEO, UPMC Pinnacle. “We will build on Lititz’s strengths ­such as its high patient satisfaction scores and its leading women’s program­ while investing in new technology and services, including an interventional cardiology program, to make a great campus even better.”

No final plan has been determined for the future use of the Lancaster facility, but several options to benefit the community are under consideration.

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