Hahnemann releases timeline for winding down operations

Tim Jimenez
July 17, 2019 - 7:46 am
Hahnemann University Hospital emergency entrance

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Starting Wednesday, Hahnemann University Hospital is no longer admitting patients from the emergency room, and certain surgeries are off the table. This is all part of the timeline the hospital just released to wind down operations. 

The city, the state, even a presidential candidate, have all pushed for Hahnemann to stay open. But, the hospital's parent company released its closure timeline last night.

On the schedule now: No more admissions to the hospital from the ER, no elective surgeries that require inpatient care, and the inpatient operating room is not taking any non-emergency cases.

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This Friday, July 19, there will be no more direct inpatient admissions to the hospital.

A week later, on July 26, same-day surgeries are cut, along with the infusion center and sleep lab.

The ER is slated to completely close on Aug. 16.

The lab, radiology department, blood bank and pharmacy will close on Aug. 23.

This all leads to Sept. 6, when officials say they plan to close entirely. 

The city and state still need to approve the closure plan.

"While the Hahnemann University Hospital closure plan has not been approved, we are aware of the schedule," said Pennsylvania Department of Health spokesman Nate Wardle. "Our temporary manager remains on site to ensure that the patients being served receive high-quality care."

City spokeswoman Deana Gamble, in a statement, said Hahnemann's schedule is consistent with discussions they've already had. "That said, there are several outstanding issues that still need to be resolved and the closure plan has not received final approval," Gamble said.