News Release: HAP Commends Philadelphia-area Hospitals, Government, Universities for Coming Together to Respond to Hospital Closure
July 09, 2019
Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), today released the following statement regarding the hospital community’s response to the announced closure of Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia:
“At the heart of Pennsylvania’s health care system is a steadfast focus on healing people and providing access to medical care.
“A hospital closure can create stress and uncertainty for patients, families, and hospital staff. HAP’s primary concern has been and will continue to be patient care.
“The southeastern Pennsylvania hospital community has opened its doors to patients and their families during this extremely challenging time. These facilities worked in close concert with state and city government agencies to respond—with professionalism and compassion—to the needs of a community dealing with the announced closure of a major Philadelphia safety net hospital. We extend our deepest thanks to all who continue to work to ensure that patient care is not disrupted.
“Surrounding area hospitals train for these types of scenarios, and they have risen to the task of ensuring that Hahnemann patients are able to continue to receive primary and specialty care, and access emergency department services when health crises arise.
“Additionally, health care facilities and education institutions are mobilizing to address the needs of soon-to-be displaced staff and medical residents.
“Some policymakers have suggested that Hahnemann’s imminent closure is evidence of the need for Medicare for All. The voters of southeastern Pennsylvania soon will join in a full debate of the risks and benefits of this proposal, but Hahnemann’s closure is a result of many factors that a single-payor solution would not address, including government payments that fall well below the actual cost of providing the care Pennsylvanians expect.
“Every hospital is different, and as the hospital community changes, our mission remains the same: ensure access to high-quality care for all of Pennsylvania’s patients, regardless of their geography, health history, or insurance status.”