Philadelphia hospital to close: 5 things to know

Hahnemann University Hospital, a 496-bed academic medical center in Philadelphia, will close in early September, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Five things to know:

1. Senior hospital staff were told about the planned closure in meetings on June 26. Hospital officials told The Philadelphia Inquirer the wind down of services will begin immediately. 

2. American Academic Health System, part of El Segundo, Calif.-based Paladin Healthcare, owns Hahnemann University Hospital. 

3. Drexel University in Philadelphia, which has an academic agreement with Hahnemann University Hospital to train medical students and residents there, filed a lawsuit June 21 to prevent AAHS from abruptly closing the hospital. A Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas judge rejected Drexel's request June 25, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

4. Hahnemann University Hospital was one of two hospitals AAHS acquired from Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare in January 2018. In April 2019, AAHS said Hahnemann University Hospital was losing $3 million to $5 million a month and may have to shut down.

5. The Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals represents 800 registered nurses at Hahnemann University Hospital. President Maureen May, RN, released the following statement to The Philadelphia Inquirer regarding the plan to close the hospital:

"Hahnemann is a safety-net hospital that for decades has provided care to an under-served community. We cannot allow predatory, for-profit companies to plunder such a valuable public good. It is incumbent upon the State and City to step in and guarantee that the poor and working people who depend upon this hospital continue to receive the care that they need."

Access the full article from The Philadelphia Inquirer here

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