Lawmakers urge assistance to complete merger between Washington Health System and UPMC


Lawmakers urge assistance to complete merger between Washington Health System and UPMC

Lawmakers from Western Pennsylvania are appealing to the state for assistance in saving Washington Health System, which is facing financial difficulties and has little choice but to merge with UPMC. Washington County officials are concerned about the health care of 300,000 individuals being at risk if the attorney general does not approve the plan for UPMC to absorb Washington Health System.

Washington Health System employee Francis Kino expressed concerns that the health care system may not survive without merging with UPMC. Leaders like Washington Mayor JoJo Burgess are in support of the merger and are urging the attorney general to approve it. Burgess criticized the Service Employees International Union, which represents UPMC employees and opposes the merger, stating that they should not stand in the way of Washington’s health care system.

State Rep. Tim O’Neal highlighted that the union’s disputes with UPMC are focused on Pittsburgh and should not impact the Washington area. He called on Governor Josh Shapiro to intervene and finalize the merger, emphasizing the importance of ensuring continued access to health care services for the community. In June, Washington Health System’s board agreed to a 10-year deal with UPMC, which includes maintaining all services and employees while receiving a $300 million investment from UPMC.

KDKA-TV reached out to the governor and attorney general’s office for comments but did not receive a response. The situation remains uncertain as Washington Health System’s future hangs in the balance pending approval of the merger with UPMC.

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