Philadelphia hospital scales back services ahead of closure

Philadelphia-based Hahnemann University Hospital's maternity ward ceased operations on July 12, and the hospital will stop admitting patients through its emergency room on July 17, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The hospital's ER will remain open to provide care to patients who can be treated and released, but patients who need to be admitted to a hospital will be transferred to another facility, according to the report.

Hahnemann is scaling back services as it prepares to close in early September.

Philadelphia Academic Health System, which owns Hahnemann and entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy June 30, plans to close Hahnemman and sell St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Hospital workers, local leaders and others have called for efforts to save the hospital. On July 11, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney issued a joint news release placing blame on hospital leaders for Hahnemann's financial challenges and planned closure.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders told CBS Philly he hopes city leaders can use court filings to derail Hahnemann's closure. The Vermont senator rallied against the proposed closure on July 15 in Philadelphia.

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