Delaware County Memorial Hospital emergency department ordered to close

DREXEL HILL, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is suspending emergency operations at the 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 room services and banning the facility from having be imposed from Monday, November 7, 2022 at 07:00,” the department’s order said.

Delaware County officials say this is due to a failure to adequately staff the hospital.

The county hit out at the hospital’s current owner, Prospect Medical Holdings, 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 justified because of “serious violations”.

In its order, the health department said the company failed to “provide diagnostic imaging coverage for the hospital, including the emergency room.”

Last month, a judge issued an injunction preventing Drexel Hill Hospital from being closed and converted into a behavioral health facility.

The Ministry of Health issued the order on Friday evening.

The state health department said: “The suspension of emergency service and the admission ban apply until the department determines that there is no longer a significant risk to the health or safety of patients. The entity shall not expose itself to the public of being able to provide these services while the prohibition and suspension is in place. However, the facility must be prepared to provide life-saving measures in accordance with 28 Pa. Code 117.1(a) and transfer patients requiring emergency services or an inpatient entry as required.”

Crozer Health released a statement saying it has notified its other medical facilities of the closure.

“Crozer Health has received an order from the PA Department of Health and Human Services advising that due to staffing issues, we must close the Delaware County Memorial Hospital emergency room until further notice, beginning at 7:00 a.m. Monday, November 7th. We have alerted emergency rooms and nearby emergency services, including our Taylor Hospital and Crozer-Chester Medical Center, who are ready to see 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 failure to adequately staff Delaware County Memorial Hospital and a gross lack of concern for the well-being of Delaware County residents. The county is reviewing all of our legal options to try and keep the DCMH open,” the county said.

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