Hahnemann University Hospital closed down last year after owners filed bankruptcy just one year after purchasing it.
Here we are now, in the middle of a global pandemic, with a need for beds as Coronavirus patients begin to push other hospitals to the limits. Sounds like it might be the perfect time to get Hahnemann back up and running, but that’s not gonna happen, at least not right now.
Mayor Kenney says the City of Philadelphia is no longer in negations with the owner of Hahnemann University Hospital to make the shuttered medical facility a place for coronavirus patients.
Kenney, speaking during a Thursday afternoon press conference, said they could not come to an agreement with the owner, Joel Freedman, and “we are moving on.”
According to Kenney, the owner wanted the city to buy the building. The city offered to rent the building and pay for upkeep and expenses, but the owner would not agree.
Freedman is the chairman and founder of Los Angeles-based American Academic Health System (AAHS), which bought Hahnemann and St. Christopher’s from Tenet Healthcare for $170 million.
Kenney said that his administration looked into the idea of taking the hospital via eminent domain, but that requires a purchase of the building, which would bring them back to the current stalemate with AAHS.
Maybe they’ll get this thing figured out, but right now it’s pretty shitty that a hospital sits empty during a crisis because a California businessman and local government officials can’t come to an agreement.