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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.

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