TribLIVE

| Neighborhoods


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Officials ponder effect of Highmark-West Penn split on Monroeville

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, 9:29 p.m.
 

As officials of West Penn Allegheny Health System search for a new financial partner, Monroeville officials are weighing in on the affect the situation might have on Forbes Regional Hospital, which is owned by the health system, and the community at large.

The hospital in Monroeville generates employee tax revenue for the municipality and out-of-town customers for the business district, Monroeville manager Jeff Silka said. However, the affect on Monroeville is yet to be seen, said Councilman Nick Gresock.

“I would think that (the health system) has its reasons for their actions because it seems to me they are looking for someone to partner with, and I don't think they would ruin their situation with Highmark without knowing they can go somewhere else.”

Councilwoman Lois Drumheller said there is some cause for concern, based on reports that a bond debt rating for WPAHS was downgraded.

“It makes it harder for them to compete,” she said.

Monroeville Mayor Greg Erosenko said he was shocked when he first heard news of the severed agreement. “I thought with the infusion of cash it would've really kept Forbes competitive with UPMC East.”

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or klawson@tribweb.com.

 

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Pirates storm back with late rally to defeat Diamondbacks, 9-4
  2. Steelers’ Blake prefers secondary job
  3. Liberian families in Western Pa. fret over Ebola virus outbreak
  4. Middle school students invade Elizabeth Forward media center
  5. Mon Valley narcotics probe leads to multiple arrests
  6. McKeesport pipemaking plant idling delayed
  7. Nonprofit prepares school supplies
  8. HP to pay $32.5M to settle Postal Service dispute
  9. Strategies for saving seeds
  10. Pirates notebook: Cole scratched from rehab start at Indianapolis
  11. Auto sales heat up in July on steep discounts
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.