West Penn Allegheny Health System is consolidating some inpatient services of the West Penn and Allegheny General Hospitals.
“More people are seeking outpatient care than inpatient care these days, because health care frankly has gotten much better,” says West Penn Allegheny spokeswoman Kelly Sorice. “As far as West Penn Hospital and Allegheny General Hospital are concerned, we’re looking at what services these hospitals should offer to respond to these changes in the marketplace.”
Sorice says neonatology and obstetrics are now only offered at West Penn. Neurosurgery will only be offered at Allegheny General after the West Penn department moves.
More consolidations could occur in the near future.
Sorice says West Penn Allegheny won’t know about any job losses until it works out more details.
Bloomfield residents still have many inpatient care options, including the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital and UPMC Shadyside nearby.