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PITTSBURGH— Of­fi­cials for Western Penn­syl­va­nia Hos­pi­tal said an up­com­ing ren­o­va­tion will re­open and ex­pand the emer­gency room and ren­o­vate five med­i­cal-sur­gi­cal floors. The Pittsburgh hos­pi­tal fac­tored sig­nif­i­cantly into a failed turn­around ef­fort for five-hos­pi­tal West Penn Al­legheny Health Sys­tem, which re­cently agreed to a takeover by Pittsburgh-based in­surer High­mark. Op­er­at­ing losses to­taled $51.8 mil­lion for the year that ended June 30. The deal with High­mark, which has al­ready in­vested $150 mil­lion in Pitts­burgh­based West Penn Al­legheny, is un­der re­view by the Penn­syl­va­nia Depart­ment of In­sur­ance. Ren­o­va­tion of West Penn Hos­pi­tal would re­verse the re­cent clo­sure of its emer­gency room. The cost of the project is not yet avail­able, but the first of three phases is pro­jected to cost $18 mil­lion, a sys­tem spokesman said. Plans call for an ob­ser­va­tion unit to be added to the 24-bed emer­gency room and would

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