PITTSBURGH— Western Pennsylvania Hospital reopened its renovated 18-bed intensive-care unit as part of efforts to turn around West Penn Allegheny Health System. The system renovated and reopened the unit after executives reversed plans to downsize the hospital. The hospital’s emergency room reopened in mid-february, and the system will resume cardiovascular services and renovate and expand labor and delivery. Plans also call for newly renovated hospital lobbies and waiting rooms, the system said. West Penn Allegheny, a financially distressed Pittsburgh health system, has reached a deal to be acquired by insurer Highmark.
NEW YORK— Three organizations in New York launched the New York Digital Health Accelerator, a program aimed at bringing digital health technology companies to New York. The New York City Investment Fund, the New York ehealth Collaborative and the New York State Health Department founded the program, which has an initial investment of $4.2 million, according to a news release. The focus of the product development is technology aimed at supporting the state’s Medicaid Redesign Team and health homes program. The program will award up to $300,000 to each of the 12 early stage companies developing digital health technology products that are selected to participate. The program’s participants will also receive mentoring from executives at 18 hospitals, long-termcare facilities, community health centers and primary-care sites in New York, as well as priority access to the Statewide Health Information Network of New York. Participating hospitals include 2,261-bed New York-presbyterian Hospital, 14hospital New York City Health and Hospitals Corp., and 574-bed Stony Brook University Medical Center. The deadline for applications is June 1.