Braddock hospital has been part of the Braddock community for almost 100 years.
It is the core of the community and a source of employment for 652 people. For UPMC to close this landmark would be detrimental to Braddock and surrounding communities.
Braddock hospital offers many services: emergency care, surgical services, rehabilitation, a diabetes center, critical and coronary care and many more services.
There are other services that may be thought of as small or minute, but they are not. The hospital has the only ATM machine in town and the only restaurant in the hospital's cafeteria. The hospital itself has an occupancy rate of 72.4 percent or higher. Braddock hospital helps everyone, no matter who you are.
Our area needs Braddock hospital, as does the surrounding areas, to continue keeping not only the employees and patients healthy but also the community.
That's why Braddock hospital should stay as it is, which is open.
The writer is a 10th-grade student at Woodland Hills High School.