The Pennsylvania Department of Health has ordered emergency services be closed at Delaware County Memorial Hospital starting Monday because there aren’t enough people to staff it, writes Robert Moran for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
“The [Pa.] department continues to actively monitor the situation at Delaware County Memorial Hospital to ensure patient safety is prioritized,” reads a statement from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
“Patients who would have gone to Delaware County Memorial Hospital are urged to go the next closest hospital for treatment and to call 9-1-1 in an emergency.”
Outpatient services at the hospital are unaffected.
Delaware County officials are looking for legal ways to keep the hospital open and placed the blame with Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc., the owner of Crozer Health, the hospital’s operator.
”Prospect’s recent history, including its September 21 announcement of its intention to close DCMH within 60 days, shows a gross lack of concern for the well-being of Delaware County residents,” the county said in its statement.
A Common Pleas Court judge has ordered that efforts to close the hospital and turn it into a behavioral health facility be temporarily stopped while discussions are held.
Read more about the emergency service order from the Pennsylvania Department of Health in The Philadelphia Inquirer.