4 health systems team up to save Philadelphia hospital

Four healthcare organizations based in Philadelphia have created a consortium to collectively negotiate with American Academic Health System for the potential purchase of St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.

St. Christopher's, along with Philadelphia-based Hahnemann University Hospital, was included in a June 30 Chapter 11 bankruptcy case filed by Philadelphia Academic Health System, a subsidiary of AAHS.

The four consortium institutions — Einstein Healthcare Network, Jefferson Health, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Temple Health — said July 17 they plan to submit a letter of intent to AAHS for the purpose of keeping St. Christopher's open.

"In a time of difficult transition for healthcare in Philadelphia, four healthcare organizations stepping up to do what's right by St. Christopher's patients is truly emblematic of neighbors helping neighbors," said Achintya Moulick, MD, CMO at St. Christopher's as well as its chairman of cardiothoracic surgery. "This will ensure continuity of care and service to the children of the community it serves, especially the underserved population."

The four healthcare organizations formed the consortium as AAHS continues to wind down services at Hahnemann University Hospital. Under a closure timeline released July 16, Hahnemann will shut down Sept. 6.

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