Drexel to lay off 40% of medical staff due to hospital closure

Philadelphia-based Drexel University is laying off 40 percent of its clinical staff due to the impending closure of Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, according to CBS Philly.

Hahnemann, which is slated to shut down Sept. 6, is the teaching hospital of Drexel University College of Medicine. In an email to CBS Philly, Drexel said the hospital closure is forcing university leaders to make tough decisions.

"[T]he abrupt closure of Hahnemann has brought the Drexel University Physicians (DUP) practice plan to a crisis point. We have been forced to make extremely difficult decisions, but please know that the long-term goal is to preserve as many clinical faculty and professional staff jobs as possible," the university said, according to CBS Philly.

Drexel will offer employment to about 60 percent of the clinical faculty and staff within DUP. Those who are not offered positions will receive severance and outplacement counseling, according to the report.

Access the full CBS Philly report here.

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