Harrisburg, PA – Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today ordered Hahnemann University Hospital and its owners to cease and desist plans to close the hospital, including shutting down its emergency department in the next few days, until the department receives written notice that the hospital intends to close and submits a closure plan.
“Hahnemann University Hospital is vital to the community’s health care and its owners cannot stop treating patients with no plans in place for their continued care,” Dr. Levine said. “There is a legal process in place to ensure that this difficult transition happens in a way that protects public health. Hahnemann must follow that process, including keeping its emergency department open.”
According to the regulations, a hospital is required to give 90 days written notice to the department of its intent to close, and as part of that notification submit a closure plan that addresses financial stability; changes in the governing body, administration and medical staff; staffing changes; transition plan; status of payments; policies and procedures and a communication plan.
“We will continue to work with the hospital owners, employees and our partners in the City of Philadelphia to ensure that if this hospital has to close it does so responsibly and with minimum impact on residents.” Dr. Levine said.
For more information about the Department of Health, visit www.health.pa.gov or follow the Department of Health on Facebook and Twitter.
MEDIA CONTACT: Nate Wardle, 717-787-1783 or email@example.com
EDITOR’S NOTE: Attached is the letter sent to Hahnemann University Hospital from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.