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GROUP FOUND TO TAKE OVER COALDALE STATE GENERAL HOSPITAL

 GROUP FOUND TO TAKE OVER COALDALE STATE GENERAL HOSPITAL
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Acting State Welfare Secretary Karen F. Snider announced today that the state will begin negotiations with 21st Century Health Care of Philadelphia to take over operation of Coaldale State General Hospital in Schuylkill County.
 "We plan to begin discussions with 21st Century officials in the very near future in hopes of reaching an agreement on the transfer as soon as possible," Snider said. "The company was selected because its proposal offered the continuation of quality acute care to the community, a commitment to existing union bargaining units, and no financial obligation by the Commonwealth."
 The company, which manages Neumann Medical Center of Philadelphia, also is negotiating with the state to take over Ashland State General Hospital.
 21st Century is one of three companies that submitted proposals for the Coaldale hospital. "All three were found to be qualified and were given serious consideration," Snider said. "The highly competitive nature of the proposals enabled us to be selective in our choice."
 In January, Gov. Robert P. Casey announced that the four state general hospitals -- Philipsburg, Ashland, Shamokin and Coaldale -- would be closed unless private firms take over the hospitals' operations.
 The Department of Public Welfare was negotiating with Liberty Healthcare Systems of State College for the takeover of the Philipsburg Hospital, but the department announced Friday it was cutting off negotiations because the company could not obtain financing.
 The Shamokin hospital is in the process of being divested to the Lower Anthracite Community Hospital Corp., a community organization.
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 /CONTACT: Jon Harwood of the Department of Public Welfare, 717-787-4592 CO: Department of Public Welfare ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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