150 people lose jobs as UPMC Pinnacle hospital closes in Lancaster
About 150 employees are losing their jobs with UPMC this month as the Pittsburgh-based health giant closes a hospital in Lancaster.
UPMC Pinnacle, a 185-bed hospital, stopped taking new patient admissions from physicians on Friday.
Scheduled surgeries and procedures and emergency room referrals will continue as needed through 7 a.m. Feb. 28, when remaining inpatients will be transferred about seven miles away to UPMC Pinnacle Lititz, a more up-to-date, 150-bed hospital that UPMC plans to expand.
“During the transition, patient safety and access are our top priorities, and we are committed to completing these final steps without interrupting patient care,” Philip Guarneschelli, president and CEO of UPMC Pinnacle, said Friday in a statement.
The bulk of the shuttering hospital’s employees — about 355 people — will remain employed by UPMC, according to state filings and statements from officials.
Roughly 70 percent of people whose positions are being eliminated as a result of the closure have been hired into positions at the nearby UPMC Lilitz hospital or otherwise within UPMC’s network, UPMC spokeswoman Kelly McCall said.
“As our human resources team continues to meet individually with employees, that number could increase,” McCall said by email.
About 25 percent of employees accepted what Guarneschelli called “generous severance” packages, and the remaining 5 percent either already have left or plan to leave UPMC.
Ambulances will stop bringing emergency patients to UPMC Pinnacle in Lancaster next week, and instead take them to the nearby UPMC Pinnacle Lititz or Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health. Alternative health care options include College Avenue Family Medicine Practice, UPMC outpatient center on Manheim Pike in Lancaster and 10 UPMC primary care practices in the region accepting new patients, Guarneschelli said.
At Lititz, UPMC will add providers specializing in obstetrics and gynecology and orthopedics, expand oncology treatment space and cancer services, add lab resources and, if approved by the state, establish a new electrophysiology cardiac program.
UPMC’s provider arm spans 40 hospitals, 600 doctors’ and outpatient offices and more than 85,000 employees, making UPMC Pennsylvania’s largest employer outside the government. More than 4,800 doctors are employed by UPMC and more than 5,800 are affiliated with it.
Natasha Lindstrom is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Natasha at 412-380-8514, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .