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Braddock Hospital, Braddock, Pennsylvania

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UPMC-Braddock-HospitalFor more than 100 years, Braddock Hospital served Braddock and the surrounding communities. Opened in 1906, Braddock Hospital was later merged into the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in 1996.

In the 1950s, Braddock enjoyed the benefits of being a steel industry town and had a population of 20,000.
When it closed in January 2010, Braddock Hospital was the largest employer in the city with a population of 2,700. When Braddock Hospital shut its doors, the only restaurant in Braddock (the hospital cafeteria) also closed, as well as the only ATM machine.  Until its final days, Braddock Hospital cared for its community, which included hundreds of retired steelworkers.

In the 1990s, the Hospital converted to a for-profit business, hoping to engage the medical staff and at the same time contain costs. A few years later, Braddock Hospital reverted back to a nonprofit facility, hoping to avoid seven figure business tax obligations.

At the time UPMC closed Braddock Hospital, it blamed the decision on a continued decline in hospital census and financial concerns.  Hospital admissions in the 123-bed facility declined in excess of 21% between 2004 and 2009, and the hospital expected to lose more than $50 million over the next six years.

When the Hospital closed, Braddock Mayor John Fetterman stated:  “As long as there’s been a Braddock, there’s been a hospital in town, so it’s really a very sad day.”  In the words of one area resident, borough solicitor M. Lawrence Shields III: “This is not just a matter of economic development or of dollars and cents. Someone is going to die. We just don’t know who that resident is or when it will happen.”

Photographs from Pittsburgh-Post Gazzette

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Posted: September 21, 2014

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