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Dear Hahnemann University Hospital Family:

For over 170 years, Hahnemann has served Philadelphia and the surrounding communities with high-quality, patient-centered care. We have been honored to provide for your healthcare needs and we are sad to share the news that Hahnemann will be closing. The closing will be in a gradual and orderly fashion, with an expected closing date on or before September 6. This was a difficult but necessary decision due to financial difficulties.

In addition, on June 30, 2019, Philadelphia Academic Health System, LLC, (PAHS), the parent company of Hahnemann University Hospital and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and certain of its subsidiaries and related physician practices, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

We’ve tried to anticipate the questions you may have, and have answered them below with the very latest information available. If you have a question about your care not answered here, please contact your doctor.

 


 

Why is Hahnemann closing?

Hahnemann University Hospital has been experiencing severe financial difficulties. Despite our best efforts to find solutions, none were found. The hospital cannot continue to lose millions of dollars each month and remain in business.

What is the timeline for the closure?

An orderly wind down to closing will be put in place beginning on July 1st. Final closing is scheduled for September 6, 2019, or when the last patient is discharged or transferred from the hospital.

The anticipated dates for the gradual closure of Hahnemann’s operations are as follows:

  • Admissions from the emergency department will end at 7:00 a.m. on July 17th.
  • Elective surgical cases requiring inpatient care will cease on July 17th.
  • The inpatient operating room will close for non-emergency cases on July 17th.
  • Direct inpatient admissions will cease on July 19th.
  • Endoscopy and colonoscopy services end on July 26th.
  • Same-day surgeries will end on July 26th.
  • Infusion center and aphaeresis services end on July 26th.
  • Sleep Lab will close on July 26th.
  • Emergency Department will close on August 16th.
  • Hospital services such as lab, radiology, blood bank, and pharmacy will close on August 23rd.
  • The Drexel outpatient oncology suite located in Hahnemann will cease operations on or before September 6th.
  • The hospital building is planned to close on or about September 6th.

Why is Hahnemann declaring bankruptcy?

Despite pursuing numerous strategic alternatives to solve Hahnemann’s financial challenges, our best efforts were unsuccessful. Chapter 11 Bankruptcy is the best course of action to continue operations while:

  • Enabling an orderly wind down and safe of the operations of Hahnemann University Hospital; and
  • Facilitating a restructuring or sale of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, our sister hospital.

What is Chapter 11?
Chapter 11 is the section of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code that allows companies to implement financial restructurings through a court-supervised proceeding while continuing to operate their businesses.

What happens to me if I am a patient currently in the hospital?

We assure you that patient care remains our top priority. Hahnemann University Hospital will continue to operate through the summer. The hospital will continue its daily discharge planning based on your individual medical needs.

What if I am scheduled for elective surgery at Hahnemann this summer?

You will need to discuss options with your doctor.

What if I have a procedure scheduled, such as an endoscopy?

You will need to contact the Radiology Scheduling Department at Hahnemann at (215) 762-3502.

What if I have a test scheduled, such as an X-ray or CAT scan?

You will need to contact the Radiology Scheduling Department at Hahnemann at (215) 762-3502.

What should I do if I need follow-up treatment after the hospital closes?

You will need to discuss this with your treating doctor. 

What will happen with my medical records?

Before the hospital closes, medical records can be requested by calling the Medical Records Department at (215) 762-7680.

Hahnemann University Hospital has made arrangements for the off-site storage of medical records. More information on requesting a copy of your medical records after the closure will be provided at a later date.

Can I keep my doctor?
You will need to discuss this with your treating doctor.

What will happen to the doctors, nurses and other employees working at Hahnemann?

Most doctors will remain in their practices. Hospital officials will be working with local healthcare providers to help place many of our employees in new jobs.

How will ambulance companies know that the hospital is closing?


All emergency medical service providers will be notified of Hahnemann’s closing.

Who should I call with questions about my bill?


Please contact our billing department at (866) 904-6871.

Will I still be responsible for my bill when Hahnemann closes?


You are responsible for paying any money due to Hahnemann. If you have any questions about your bill, please contact (866) 904-6871.


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