Mercy Hospital in West Philadelphia to end inpatient services

Tim Jimenez
February 13, 2020 - 7:55 am
Mercy Philadelphia Hospital

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UPDATED: 11:35 a.m.

WEST PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Mercy Philadelphia Hospital in West Philadelphia announced its future will not include inpatient services.

A spokesperson with its parent company, Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic, said the decision to end inpatient care at Mercy Catholic Medical Center-Mercy Philadelphia Campus was made based on a long-term financial outlook.

Mercy Hospital is still admitting patients, and there aren’t any immediate changes. The spokesperson did not provide a timeline for the shift in care, only saying in a statement it will be a, “slow, deliberate and informed process” in the coming months.

But looking forward, Ann D'Antonio, vice president of communications for Trinity Health, noted that change is needed. 

“The past several years, Mercy Philadelphia has really faced a really difficult financial picture,” she said.

Much like Hahnemann University Hospital in Center City, which abruptly closed all of its facilities last summer, Mercy serves many in the community who may be in need. 

According to 2018 data from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, 62% of Mercy's net revenue treating patients came from Medicaid — among the highest rates in the city. And, about 3.5% of Mercy patients were given free care, either through charity work coverage or because they couldn’t pay their bill.

So far, D'Antonio says they don't want to rush into anything.

"We want to make sure we're meeting the best needs of the West Philadelphia community and what their needs are today." 

Mercy, a 157-bed nonprofit facility, has been an institution in Philadelphia for 102 years. The hospital has not yet said if or how this affects its 900 employees.

“Right now it's too soon for us to speculate on that,” D'Antonio added. “We do have four other hospitals within the Mid-Atlantic region, in addition to other outpatient and ambulatory services.”

One of those hospitals, Mercy Fitzgerald, could potentially absorb some of the employees, and it is only a few miles away in Darby. There are no changes planned for Mercy Fitzgerald currently.

A spokeswoman with state Rep. James Roebuck's office, however, said he was blindsided by the announcement, and he's concerned about the seniors in his district who rely on the hospital.