Crozer Health announced Wednesday that it will close its inpatient hospice unit at Taylor Hospital starting Friday amid a string of operational and personnel moves within its system in the last few months.
Officials say the unit closure at Taylor is temporary.
“Due to the paramount need for patient safety, declining admissions to inpatient hospice, and
challenges presented by the national nursing shortage, Crozer Health will temporarily close our
inpatient hospice unit at Taylor Hospital beginning Friday, Feb. 11,” a statement released by Crozer Health said.
“This will allow us to redeploy our staff from the hospice unit to other areas in the health system in need of additional resources so we can continue to provide safe, high-quality care to all of our patients,” the statement continued. “Current patients in the unit will be relocated to a nearby medical/surgical floor at Taylor
Hospital. Outpatient hospice services will continue to be available.”
The move comes after Kevin Spiegel has been listed as Crozer Health’s new Chief Executive Officer, replacing Peter Adamo, who came to Crozer shortly before the COVID pandemic hit. Spiegel, a self-described turnaround specialist, has been the president and CEO for Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga, Tenn., for the past six years.
As of Jan. 21, the inpatient obstetrics unit at Delaware County Memorial Hospital was closed. These services were moved to Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland. That move left only two hospitals in Delaware County providing maternity care – Crozer-Chester Medical Center and Riddle Hospital in Middletown. According to the system’s website, approximately 1,800 babies were typically born at Delaware County Memorial each year.
On Jan. 14, Crozer suspended emergency department, pathology, lab and medical imaging services at Springfield Hospital due to COVID overload. A week earlier, the inpatient Acute Substance Abuse and Residential Substance Abuse (First Steps) Program at Crozer-Chester Medical Center had been suspended.
In October, Prospect Medical Holdings Inc. said it was conducting a strategic review of the Crozer Health system that could result with “new opportunities” or partnerships with other organizations.
“Although reports have claimed this review is a precursor to the sale of our hospitals, we do not know what opportunities, if any, will arise out of the review,” a statement released by Prospect read at the time. “The review could result in the identification of a number of options, including partnership with another organization, a strategic investment, or additional opportunities.”
In 2016, the for-profit company acquired Crozer Health, then Crozer-Keystone Health System for $300 million. Crozer Health includes four hospitals – Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park, Delaware County Memorial Hospital in Drexel Hill and Springfield Hospital. It also includes outpatient centers Crozer Brinton Lake in Glen Mills, Crozer Health at Broomall, Media Medical Plaza and Community Campus in Chester, as well as the Surgery Centers at Haverford and at Brinton Lake.
Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc. is a health care services company that owns and operates 17 hospitals and more than 165 outpatient facilities and clinics in Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Southern California. Based in Los Angeles, Calif., Prospect manages health care services for more than 500,000 members in 25 owned or managed networks of more than 11,000 doctors and specialists.