Kenyatta hopeful organizations will save St. Christopher’s Children Hospital from closing

PHILADELPHIA, July 17 Today, state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., announced his support for four organizations that are coming together to attempt to buy St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.

Einstein Healthcare Network, Jefferson Health, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Temple Health have joined forces to negotiate the acquisition of the hospital from its owner, American Academic Health System.

“I’m thrilled that these healthcare groups have decided to come together to save this important children’s hospital from closure,” Kenyatta said. “These kids will be able to continue their care without relocating and it will help protect jobs for many of the nurses and doctors.

The group will submit a letter of intent to the owner in hopes of keeping the doors to St. Christopher’s open while the sale is discussed. All four organizations use St. Christopher’s as a training hospital for their medical education programs.

Kenyatta also opposed the closing of Hahnemann, which recently stopped admitting patients into the emergency room.