Kenyatta: Hahnemann University Hospital closure is unacceptable

HARRISBURG, July 2 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., has issued a statement in response to news that Hahnemann University Hospital will be following through with its plans to close after filing for bankruptcy Sunday night.

“By closing its doors, Hahnemann University Hospital is going to leave 2,500 employees without jobs and force patients to look elsewhere for timely treatment,” Kenyatta said. “This is the beginning of a public health crisis.”

Kenyatta said he stands in agreement with Dr. Rachel Levine, the Pennsylvania Department of Health secretary, who issued a cease and desist letter to the owner of Hahnemann to prohibit the site’s closure until a state approved plan is established to ensure a safe transition for patients. It also prevents the hospital from closing its emergency room center as planned.

“It’s unacceptable to shut down the emergency room center at this hospital just days before the Fourth of July holiday weekend, especially as Philadelphia is experiencing an increase in gun violence,” Kenyatta added. “That is why I’m also calling on Mayor Kenney to refuse sale to the buyers who wish to convert Hahnemann University Hospital into luxury apartments. Buyers should only be considered if they will continue to operate the site as a hospital.”

Hahnemann, a level 1 trauma center, serves around 40,000 emergency room patients each year.