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UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster Announces Closing Dates Amid Public Outcry

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The exterior of UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster, which will start closing and limiting services later this month.

One department at a time, UPMC Pinnacle is shutting down its Lancaster hospital.

The hospital has stopped accepting new physician referrals, the Pittsburgh-based health system said in a news release. 

As of Feb. 23, ambulance services will stop bringing patients to the hospital. It will instead route them to Lancaster's other hospital -- Penn Health-affiliated Lancaster General -- or to UPMC PInnacle's Litiz location, seven miles away.

The hospital's family medicine, neurology and pain management clininc and residency program will move Feb. 27 from the hospital to the medical arts building across the street. 

The hospital's emergency department will remain open for walk-ins until Feb. 28.

Officials at UPMC say about 70 percent of its Lancaster hospital employees will continue to work for UPMC at Lititz or elsewhere.

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