UPMC Pinnacle lays out plan to close Lancaster hospital

Lancaster

There is now a timeline for when services will stop at the UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster.

The hospital will close on Feb. 28.

The hospital on Friday stopped accepting direct admission from physicians. According to a news release from the healthcare provider, direct admissions from physicians are now being sent to UPMC Pinnacle in Lititz.

Starting Feb. 23, the hospital will also turn away ambulances.

Anne Winslow, who lives near the hospital, told ABC27 News it’s not what she wanted to hear. She said it’s not good for those who live near the healthcare facility and will have to travel to travel across the city for the closest hospital.

“It’s really stressful,” Winslow said. “There are people from this neighborhood that may not have transportation to get to Lancaster General Health.”

In a statement, UPMC Pinnacle said as part of the transition, about 70 percent of hospital employees have taken new positions.

Tammy Rojas, a leader of Put People First, has led a movement to save the hospital from closing. She said the latest information will not stop her fight.

“I see the need for this hospital to stay open because we need more than one hospital,” Rojas said. “We have a growing population, so we need more health care services and not less.”

UPMC Pinnacle said it will still accept emergency room patients until the day it closes the Lancaster hospital.

A spokesperson said any surgeries scheduled will still take place.

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