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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 16, 2020 09:51 AM
From: Representative Morgan Cephas and Rep. Joseph C. Hohenstein
To: All House members
Subject: Hospital Closures
For over 170 years, the Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia served a large portion of the Philadelphia community to provide quality, patient-centered care. The hospital closed in September 2019 due to severe financial difficulties, leaving many to scramble to find continued employment and vital health care services.

Currently, Pennsylvania only requires hospitals to provide written notice of intent to close within 90 days. In order to mitigate stress and allow everyone more time to organize for transition in the event of hospital closures, our legislation would extend this window to 180 days. This timeframe extension would support the communities at-large who are also affected by hospital closures in addition to the doctors, nurses and other staff at the facilities.

It is our duty as public servants to do everything in our power to ease burdens on the community caused by crisis. It is our hope that you will join us in this collective effort to further promote and protect the health and well-being of Pennsylvanians. Your consideration is greatly appreciated.

Introduced as HB2242