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Highlands Hospital: Treatment & support

| Friday, March 14, 2014, 8:57 p.m.

Connellsville's Highlands Hospital faced many challenges in 2013. With a slight drop in emergency room visits and admissions, the hospital reported $3.1 million in uncompensated and free-care costs.

Indeed, 2014 may be just as challenging.

But unlike many smaller communities, Connellsville is lucky to have a community hospital. And Highlands Hospital is a vital part of this community.

This important resource deserves the public's support.

The hospital has come a long way in more than 20 years when, under state control, its future was in doubt. More than two decades ago the former Connellsville State General Hospital was struggling to survive. In fact, the commonwealth was considering a plan to close the facility.

But local leaders and residents saw potential and value in the old hospital.

Over the years, the hospital's management has gone down many roads. But the hospital has always survived. Today, Highlands is a major employer in the city and in Fayette County.

Our community is lucky to be the home for a local hospital. And our lives are better because of Highlands, which provides basic health services and much more.

Dedicated people — physicians, nurses, technicians, support personnel and board members — are working to make Highlands Hospital a competitive health-care facility. They need residents' continued support to maintain Connellsville's medical treasure.

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