Empty Philadelphia Hospital Remains Empty During Crisis

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.

From Action News:

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.

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8 Responses

  1. Rumor has it the copper piping has already been stripped from the place and that’s why they can’t use it.

  2. Usually these items break down over things like cost of operation and insurance. I imagine te the City refused to indemnify the owner for liability resulting to him and probably refused to cover his costs, at least as he described them. Those costs in turn were probably inflated.

  3. Wow city is to broke to rent building. Not enough capital to eminent domain the building. I wonder why that is. I’ll sit back and enjoy a rum purchased in another state and coke also purchased in another state. Maybe figure out what happened.

  4. The city could’ve leased it from him for approximately $1 million a month. California is leading 2 hospitals for $30 million over 3 months. The city basically wanted it for nothing and you can only imagine the costs the owner would’ve had once the city was done with it. It was also completely empty(all the beds and equipment had been sold) and if I remember correctly officials from Jefferson said it wasn’t an ideal option and only should be used as a last resort.

  5. Does anyone think that a building sitting empty for a year would be ready to move into? I’m sure it’s rotted, rodent infested and filthy. Just like every other building in Philadelphia. By the time the building was ready for patients this flu bug will have long passed.

  6. The building has only been vacant since September 2019, that is approximately seven months, not a year. The Drexel Medical School is still using part of the property.

    Gymnasiums are being considered as options, with the recent new report that The Glen Mills School will be an emergency location in Delaware/Chester County. Hahnemann would be an ideal location considering the hospital has all of the electrical necessities to run equipment and isolate patients. The property is occupied by security personal and is not being vandalized as stated in an earlier post.

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