The approval this year by the Pennsylvania Insurance Department of Highmark’s acquisition of West Penn Hospital was preceded by the lobbying efforts of a coalition of community groups, public officials, hospital workers, health care advocates, and residents. On Thursday, November 21st, there will be a town hall meeting for residents regarding the future of West Penn Hospital where you can hear from both Highmark and West Penn Hospital officials on their progress in promoting health, sustaining vital medical services, and ensuring the success of this institution. Senator Jim Ferlo is hosting the meeting along with Senator Jay Costa and Senator Wayne Fontana.
In addition to the changes to the health care industry in our region brought about by the acquisition, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act also presents new opportunities and challenges. Your attendance at this town hall is requested so that the community continues to work together in partnership with our local hospital and to explore opportunities to enhance their services to reflect the needs of our region’s families and residents.