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UPMC says no hospital for South Fayette, will explore South Hills

| Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, 8:03 p.m.
The UPMC logo on U.S. Steel Tower in Downtown Pittsburgh.
Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
The UPMC logo on U.S. Steel Tower in Downtown Pittsburgh.

UPMC said Thursday it is backing away from its plan to construct a community hospital in South Fayette.

Spokeswoman Gloria Kreps declined to discuss the South Fayette facility, but did say UPMC was not moving forward with the hospital in the Newbury Market development near Bridgeville.

"UPMC is pursuing other, more significant strategic options to advance the innovations in care and the cures that we provide to our patients and that are rapidly accelerating, including living-donor liver transplantation and immunotherapy treatments for cancer, aging, and vision restoration," Kreps said. "We will soon announce more specific plans of a sophisticated set of facilities to better serve our patients."

The South Fayette Commissioners gave initial approval for the $200 million, 90-bed project in August .

Kreps said UPMC is evaluating several sites in South Hills for a new hospital, which would offer emergency, intensive care, surgery and inpatient and outpatient services.

The hospital would serve patients "who already choose UPMC physicians and facilities as their preferred providers," she wrote in a statement.

UPMC had previously explored the South Hills and had planned to construct of a hospital along Route 51 in Pleasant Hills. It backed away from those plans in September 2016.

Jeff Domenick is an assistant news editor for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Reach him at Jdomenick@tribweb.com or via Twitter @jeff_domenick.

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