2012-02-16 / Local & State

Highmark, West Penn Announces Emergency Reopening

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Health insurer Highmark Inc. and the West Penn Allegheny Health System say the emergency room at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh will reopen on Valentine's Day.

Officials announced the plans at a news conference Monday. They say the new emergency room opens as the hospital is also expanding its inpatient services, including renovated medical, surgical and intensive care units with all private rooms and upgraded labor and baby delivery services.

Recent job fairs have attracted 2,000 applicants, though it's not clear how many will be hired.

The health network laid off about 1,500 when the hospital was down-sized in 2010 due to ongoing financial struggles. Highmark and West Penn announced plans to reverse those moves as part of Highmark's $475 million takeover of the health system. State regulators must still sign-off on that deal.

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