Boyle to host Policy hearing on Hahnemann University Hospital closure Monday in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, July 17–State Rep. Kevin J. Boyle, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on hospital closures in Pennsylvania.

The hearing will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, July 22 at American Legion Post 366-Corp. John Loudenslager, 7976 Oxford Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111. The media and public are invited to attend.

Boyle requested the hearing to discuss what more the state can do to address the impact on employment and public health when a hospital plans to close its doors, especially in the wake of Hahnemann Hospital announcing its scheduled closing in the fall, which will leave more than 1,000 employees unemployed. Boyle will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.

The current agenda is:

          3:00 p.m.       Welcome and Opening Remarks

        

         3:10 p.m.       Panel One:

  • U.S. Congressman Brendan Boyle, Pa.’s 2nd Congressional District

  • Chris Woods, executive vice president, District 1199C (the union that represents the Hahnemann workers who will be impacted by the closure)

  • Maureen May, RN, president of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses & Allied Professionals

            

          4:00 p.m.        Panel Two:

  • Dr. Marc Hurowitz, CEO of Jeanes Hospitals and CEO of Temple Physicians Inc. (testifying for Jeanes Hospital and Fox Chase Cancer Center on behalf of Temple Health)

  • Bill Ryan, assistant vice president of Government Relations and Public Affairs, Einstein Health Network

        

          4:50 p.m.      Closing Remarks    

The hearing is one in a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, protecting healthcare access, creating quality schools and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. More information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com, and hearing materials are at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee.