UPMC plans to close hospi­tal in Brad­dock, losses cited

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The Uni­ver­sity of Pittsburgh Med­i­cal Cen­ter sys­tem said it plans to close its 146-bed UPMC Brad­dock (Pa.) hospi­tal by Jan. 31 be­cause low pa­tient vol­umes have led to nearly $27 mil­lion in op­er­at­ing losses over the past six years. The sys­tem projects that losses would be $50 mil­lion over the next five or six years if the hospi­tal were to re­main open. Ad­mis­sions fell by 21% be­tween 2004 and 2009, UPMC said. The hospi­tal’s mar­ket share in the Brad­dock area, which is about 11 miles from down­town Pittsburgh, is only 20.8%, UPMC added. Physi­cians on the UPMC Brad­dock med­i­cal staff will be in­cor­po­rated into the med­i­cal staffs of the other 11 UPMC hos­pi­tals, and most cur­rent em­ploy­ees will be of­fered po­si­tions else­where, UPMC said. UPMC said it will con­tinue to of­fer out­pa­tient pro­grams at Brad­dock and will dis­cuss ex­pand­ing pri­mary care at the site with lo­cal physi­cians.

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