AHN says it’s unsure how LifeCare bankruptcy will impact Harrison patients | TribLIVE.com
Valley News Dispatch

AHN says it’s unsure how LifeCare bankruptcy will impact Harrison patients

Paul Guggenheimer
The current main entrance to Allegheny Valley Hospital in Harrison on Wedneday, Jan. 16, 2019. The hospital is marking its 110th anniversary this year.

A Texas company that operates a long-term skilled nursing unit at Allegheny Valley Hospital in Harrison has filed for bankruptcy, but officials with the hospital’s parent company are unsure how it will affect operations there.

New LifeCare Hospitals LLC of Plano, Texas, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday. The company, which operates 17 facilities in nine states, said in a bankruptcy filing that it owes between $100 million and $500 million to more than 25,000 creditors.

That includes nearly $300,000 owed to West Penn Allegheny Health System, the former parent of Allegheny Valley Hospital.

“We are unaware at this time of any impending changes to LifeCare’s operations in (Harrison),” said Dan Laurent, spokesman for Allegheny Health Network, the parent company of Allegheny Valley Hospital.

“The company operates independently and has no affiliation with AHN,” Laurent said. “We will defer to LifeCare with regard to its bankruptcy filing and impact on its programs around the country, including the recent decision to close its Bellevue operations.”

A LifeCare Hospitals long-term skilled nursing unit at Allegheny Health Network’s Suburban General campus in Bellevue already has closed.

In addition to its operations at Allegheny Valley and formerly at Suburban General, LifeCare Behavioral Health Hospital opened in Wilkinsburg in 2017 for court-ordered commitments of people with depression, schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include a correction reflecting that Allegheny Health Network’s Suburban General campus in Bellevue already has closed.

Paul Guggenheimer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-226-7706 or [email protected].

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.