Jefferson hospital to end acute care, emergency services

Philadelphia-based Jefferson Health will end acute care, general surgery and emergency services at Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park (Pa.) and convert the facility soley into a physical rehabilitation provider.

The emergency room at Einstein Elkins Park will cease operations June 30. Acute care and surgical and emergency services will transition to Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia and Jefferson Abington (Pa.) Hospital.

The move allows Elkins Park and MossRehab — a physical medicine and rehab provider — to expand inpatient physical rehab services at the 60-bed hospital. 

"This transition of services creates a unique opportunity to expand the delivery of rehabilitation care at a centralized location," Jefferson said in an April 18 news release. "Moving in-patient rehabilitation services to MossRehab, will enable Jefferson Abington Hospital to add 23 general medical beds to that campus, improving the patient experience and decompressing the emergency department."

The hospital has about 1,000 employees, 115 of whom will be affected by the changes, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal.

"Jefferson Health is committed to minimizing the impact to employees and our goal is to retain all employees affected by these changes," a spokesperson for the health system told Becker's.

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