Philadelphia hospital isn't restocking necessary patient supplies, nurses say

A labor union representing nurses at Hahnemann University Hospital, which will be shuttered in September, warned June 29 that the hospital lacks basic supplies to properly treat patients. 

The nurses claim that the hospital's owner, Philadelphia Academic Health System, a subsidiary of American Academic Health System, "is failing to replenish supplies as they run out."

Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals is urging Pennsylvania officials to appoint a temporary manager to run the hospital "in the interest of the health and safety of patients."

"We've got enough experienced and dedicated nurses in the hospital to treat every single case," said Hahnemann operating room nurse Dawn Andonian in a news release. "What we need is for the state to get in here and make sure we have supplies so we can do our job."

Philadelphia Academic Health System, including Hahnemann University Hospital, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection July 1 to "ensure an orderly wind-down of operations."

Philadelphia Academic Health System plans to close Hahnemann University Hospital by Sept. 6. 

The American Academic Health System initially announced plans June 26 to close Hahnemann University Hospital due to significant financial losses and made plans to wind down services immediately. However on June 27 the Pennsylvania health department ordered Hahnemann University Hospital take no steps toward closure until state regulators approved a plan to shut down operations.

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