PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As it prepares to close its doors for good, Hahnemann University Hospital says its emergency department will remain open, but it will no longer be accepting trauma patients.
The hospital notified the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation (PTSF) on Friday night that it is de-designating as a Level 1 and 2 trauma facility.
“After reviewing our plan of closure and in consultation with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, we felt this move is in the best interest of patient safety,” Dr. Alexander E. Trebelev, Chief Medical Officer at Hahnemann, said in a release. “Unfortunately, we are facing clinical and operational challenges. We cannot continue to serve trauma and STEM I patients under these conditions.”
The move comes just days after the hospital announced it would be closing in early September.
“We realize the impact this move, and the closure of Hahnemann has on the city of Philadelphia and surrounding neighborhoods, and most importantly, our staff,” said Ron Dreskin, Interim CEO of Philadelphia Academic Health System, the parent company of Hahnemann. “We wish there could have been a more positive outcome for all. In spite of our best efforts and meetings with numerous city, state, union, insurance carrier and university officials, a financial solution could not be achieved.”
Hahnemann’s trauma center, completed in 1986, was Philadelphia’s first designated-Level 1 trauma center for adults.
The hospital says the de-designation is effective immediately.
The City of Philadelphia is seeking an injunction to prevent Hahneman Hospital from closing without notice. The city is asking Common Pleas Court to order the hospital’s owners to keep all services operating, including the emergency room.