St. Vincent Watching UPMC/Highmark Feud - WICU12 HD WSEE Erie, PA News, Sports, Weather, Events

St. Vincent Watching UPMC/Highmark Feud

Posted:

At a legislative hearing in Erie last week, the CEO of UPMC, Jeffrey Romoff, said there's no way UPMC will negotiate a new contract with Highmark.  Local Highmark customers are worried that they will not have access to UPMC-Hamot after 2013.

You would think the rift would be a great thing for Erie's other hospital, St. Vincent.

"No. It really isn't," says St. Vincent President & CEO Scott Whalen. "What's critically important, I think, for the community overall, is for the community to have choice. And I think that if we end up in a system where we don't have access to both facilities, I don't think the community benefits."

In any event, Whalen says his hospital is prepared for an influx of new patients if a contract between UPMC and Highmark is not negotiated.

"We already have physical capacity to meet the needs of patients who would be diverted or unable to access UPMC," he said.

Also, St. Vincent entered an agreement with the Cleveland Clinic to send patients there who need medical procedures not available in Erie.

"Our data, our patients, had indicated to us that they had a better preference, or more of a preference, for the Cleveland market, than the Pittsburgh market, for quaternary care," Whalen said.

Highmark already is in constant communications with St. Vincent to make sure the hospital has everything the insurance company expects if a contract with UPMC is not reached.  But for St. Vincent administrators, and local Highmark customers, all they can do, is wait.

The rift between UPMC and Highmark began after Highmark decided to take over the West Penn/Allegheny hospital system in Pittsburgh. Highmark and St. Vincent officials say there are no plans for Highmark to acquire St. Vincent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submit your event now
Powered by WorldNow
3514 State St. Erie, PA 16508
Newsroom: (814)454-8812
Toll Free: 1(800)454-8812
Business offices: (814)454-5201
WICU FCC Filing
WSEE FCC Filing
Share:
Share Stories
Submit your stories to our site!
Share Photos
Share your photos in our community galleries
Mobile:
Mobile Site
Be sure to stay constantly updated with the power of WICU12 and WSEE at your fingertips
Free Android App
Free iPhone App
Free iPad App
Storm Tracker App
Droid
iPhone
iPad
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WICU. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
                   WICU/WSEE - 3514 State Street Erie, PA 16508 - (814) 454-5201 - info@wicu12.com