WEST PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Mercy Philadelphia Hospital in West Philadelphia announced it will be shifting gears and getting rid of inpatient services.
A spokesperson with its parent company, Trinity Health, said the decision to end inpatient care at Mercy Catholic Medical Center-Mercy Philadelphia Campus was made based on a long-term financial outlook.
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.
Much like Hahnemann University Hospital in Center City, which abruptly announced its closure 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 income from patients at Mercy came from Medicare — among the highest 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.
Mercy, a 157-bed facility, has been an institution in Philadelphia for 102 years. The hospital has not yet said if or how this affects jobs.