Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Prescription for Success St. Clair Hospital Prospers in Tough Climate

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Prescription for Success St. Clair Hospital Prospers in Tough Climate

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Community hospitals are struggling, partly because of low Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements and private insurers' emphasis on outpatient care.

Yet St. Clair Hospital is prospering in this dog-eat-dog world despite its proximity to the big health care institutions in Pittsburgh. That's good news for the South Hills- the hospital is located in Mt. Lebanon- and St. Clair's success offers hope for other community hospitals, too.

As the Post-Gazette's Kris B. Mamula reported Sunday, St. Clair finished the 2018 fiscal year with a remarkable operating margin of 12.2 percent. That's up 23 percent from 2017 and leaps and abounds ahead of the 4.6 operating margin that is the average among Western Pennsylvania hospitals.

St. Clair, still an independent hospital, has found its niches and it's leveraging them well. …

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