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Excela Health's Jeannette facility closes for good

| Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011

Excela Health's Jeannette facility shut its doors for the final time yesterday.

Health system officials announced Jan. 17 the facility, founded in 1959, would close. They cited factors including declining patient numbers, the cost of operating the aging facility and a shift in patient preference toward "medical malls" that offer more complete medical services.

Diagnostic services will be shifted to an expanded facility at Norwin Medical Commons in North Huntingdon. A 7,200-square-foot expansion will transform that location into a "medical mall" with additional diagnostic imaging, diagnostic cardiology, laboratory procedures and space for additional physician's offices.

Hospice services will be available at other Excela Health hospitals or other locations coordinated by the health system.

The medical office building, physicians' offices and paramedic station will remain in Jeannette.

Robin Jennings, director of communications, said some cardiac services will begin today in the North Huntingdon facility.

"Since we've made the announcement, we've been moving some things out," Jennings said yesterday. "It involves cleaning out of office spaces and moving of small things in anticipation of being in operation at Norwin starting (today)."

Equipment for other procedures -- such as MRIs and stress tests -- will be transferred to the Norwin facility as construction continues.

The Jeannette hospital employed 86. Excela officials said about 15 jobs would be eliminated. Those employees may be offered jobs elsewhere within the organization.

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