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Old 10-16-2009, 06:29 AM
 
Location: City of McKeesport
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Default UPMC Braddock closing

Just heard it on the news -- can't be a good day for Braddock.
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Old 10-16-2009, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Yeah, they interviewed Fetterman via phone on WTAE this morning. I felt back for the guy because he seems to be working so hard and that's a major setback for the town. Not to mention that my mother lives in Churchill and always used that hospital because of the proximity and ease of getting there. Now she'll have to go to Monroeville and she hates driving there...
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Old 10-16-2009, 07:06 AM
 
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Just one more reason for me to hate for UPMC! I'll bet this isn't the only hospital UPMC will close.

Makes me sick----buying up almost all of the area hospitals only to start closing them down.

UPMC is destroying healthcare in our city! I can't believe nothing is done to stop this monopoly!
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Old 10-16-2009, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Greensburg, PA
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I bet once the Monroeville hospital opens, McKeesport will be next in line to close.
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Old 10-16-2009, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Great White North Hills
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I bet once the Monroeville hospital opens, McKeesport will be next in line to close.
Probably, why we need two hospitals in Monroeville is a mystery to me.
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Old 10-16-2009, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Greensburg, PA
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Probably, why we need two hospitals in Monroeville is a mystery to me.
Exactly, especially one that's within a mile of each other. Makes me wonder about the UPMC rumors that goes around when Century III's impending demise makes headlines. Keep in mind, Jefferson Hospital is less than two miles from there.
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Old 10-16-2009, 11:05 AM
 
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Jefferson is such a great hospital! It would be terrible to close it. Plus, where would the people who live in the remote areas south on route 51 go?

As for Monroeville needing two hospitals, I suspect UPMC plans to close the existing one.

This is just downright terrible that UPMC is starting to consolidate our area hospitals.

The service is already aweful in the area, and the West Penn Health System isn't providing quality competititon.

I tried the West Penn and Allegheny General emergeny rooms this year and the service was substandard.
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Old 10-16-2009, 11:14 AM
 
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Should UPMC be to blame if only 20% of Braddock's residents even use Braddock as their medical facility of choice?

UPMC Closing Braddock Hospital At End Of January - News Story - WPXI Pittsburgh (http://www.wpxi.com/news/21313532/detail.html - broken link)
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Officials said that four out of five Braddock residents go to other medical facilities instead of the one in their hometown.
Though I do think that UPMC handled the situation terribly, the hospital employees had no clue this was coming. Additonally with the hospital closing, they wasted a bunch of money renovating and updating equipement this year.
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Old 10-16-2009, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Swisshelm Park, Pittsburgh, PA
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Also interesting in light of the fact that the large government grant Pitt got for clinical and translational research included a Minority Health Clinical and Translational Research Center at UPMC Braddock.

Pitt Chronicle $83.5 Million NIH Grant to Pitt Establishes Institute for Clinical And Translational Research
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Old 10-16-2009, 11:37 AM
 
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From the PG (UPMC Braddock to close)
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UPMC purchased the faltering Braddock Medical Center in 1996, and has invested about $30 million in the 277,000-square-foot facility since then, including a new $8 million facade that hasn't even had a ribbon cutting yet. In the past six years, though, UPMC has lost $27 million at the hospital, and only 51 of the 123 beds are now occupied on average.
If that doesn't demonstrate poor planning on the part of UPMC I don't know what does. Why close a hospital that sees 25,000 ER patients a year just because in patient care space isn't fully utilized. Close down a floor or two, don't do needless renovations, heck -- at least tell your employees beforehand! How far in advance are surgeries scheduled, I wonder if anyone will have to reschedule.
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