Delaware County Memorial Hospital Emergency Department Closing
DREXEL HILL, Pa. (WPVI) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is suspending emergency operations at Delaware County Memorial Hospital beginning at 7 a.m. Monday.
“You are hereby notified that the Pennsylvania Department of Health (department) is issuing an order against Prospect DCMH, LLC d/b/a Delaware County Memorial Hospital (facility) suspending emergency department services and imposing a ban of admission to the facility effective Monday, November 7, 2022 at 7:00 a.m.,” reads the department’s order.
Delaware County officials say this is due to a lack of adequate staffing at the hospital.
The county lashed out at the hospital’s current owner, Prospect Medical Holdings, the parent company of Crozer Health, saying it “shows a gross lack of concern for the well-being of Delaware County residents.”
The health department said it was warranted due to “serious violations”.
In its order, the health department said the company did not “provide diagnostic imaging coverage for the hospital, including the emergency department.”
Last month, a judge granted a temporary injunction preventing the closure of Drexel Hill Hospital and its transformation into a behavioral health facility.
The Department of Health issued the order on Friday evening.
The state health department said: “The suspension of emergency services and the barring of admissions will be in place until the department determines that there is no longer a significant threat to the patient health or safety.The establishment may not represent itself to the public as being able to provide these services while the ban and suspension are in effect.However, the establishment must be prepared to put in place essential life-saving measures in accordance with 28 Pa. Code 117.1(a) and to transfer patients requiring emergency services or hospital admission if necessary.”
Crozer Health released a statement, saying it had notified its other medical facilities of the closure.
“Crozer Health has received an order from the PA Ministry of Health advising us that due to staffing issues, we must close the Emergency Department at Delaware County Memorial Hospital until further notice, beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 7. We have alerted emergency departments and nearby emergency departments, including our Taylor Hospital and Crozer-Chester Medical Center, who are ready to receive patients,” Crozer Health said.
In its full statement, Delaware County says it is exploring all legal options to try to keep the hospital open.
“The Pennsylvania Department of Health’s decision to suspend operations at Delaware County Memorial Hospital is a direct result of Prospect’s inability to adequately staff Delaware County Memorial Hospital. Prospect’s recent history, including including its Sept. 21 announcement of its intention to close DCMH within 60 days, shows a flagrant lack of concern for the well-being of Delaware County residents.The county is exploring all of our legal options to try to keep DCMH open. the county said.
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