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State Agencies Outline Plan to Expedite Discharges into Post-Acute Care

January 31, 2022

The Wolf administration today announced the creation of four long-term care support sites to help alleviate pressure on hospitals and skilled nursing facilities.

The support sites—located at existing facilities in Allegheny, Blair, Philadelphia, and Clarion counties—will open within seven to ten days to expand capacity and allow for more rapid discharge of patients from hospitals into post-acute care. Each facility will receive clinical and non-clinical staffing support to open up 30 additional beds.

“Establishing these long-term care support sites will benefit hospitals and nursing homes caring for high numbers of patients with COVID-19,” Acting Secretary of Health Keara Klinepeter said.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health plans to work with a staffing agency to recruit clinical staff from outside Pennsylvania to provide support along with non-clinical staff from the Pennsylvania National Guard. The effort is part of a multi-pronged initiative announced by the administration earlier this month to address hospital and long-term care capacity challenges, including sending strike teams to assist at hospitals.

For more information, contact Chris Chamberlain, HAP’s vice president, emergency management.