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Hahnemann University Hospital was a tertiary care center in Center City, Philadelphia, and the Center City Philadelphia teaching hospital of Drexel University College of Medicine.[2] Established in 1885, it was for most of its history the main teaching hospital associated with its namesake medical school, Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital, founded in 1848 and named for Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy.[3] Hahnemann University Hospital was fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

Hahnemann University Hospital
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Hahnemann University Hospital is located in Pennsylvania
Hahnemann University Hospital
Hahnemann University Hospital is located in Philadelphia
Hahnemann University Hospital
Location230 N Broad St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Coordinates39°57′25″N 75°09′47″W / 39.957°N 75.163°W / 39.957; -75.163Coordinates: 39°57′25″N 75°09′47″W / 39.957°N 75.163°W / 39.957; -75.163
FundingFor-profit hospital
Hospital typeTeaching
Affiliated universityDrexel University College of Medicine
HelipadFAA LID: 1PS7[1]
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 70 21 Concrete, Rooftop
ListsHospitals in Pennsylvania

Hahnemann University Hospital, located at the southwest corner of Broad and Vine streets, is also affiliated with St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in North Philadelphia.

The hospital is owned by American Academic Health System, an affiliate of Paladin Healthcare. The sale of Dallas-based for-profit Tenet Healthcare's remaining Philadelphia assets was completed on January 12, 2018.[4]

Under American Academic Health System, Hahnemann's financial condition has worsened with the hospital losing roughly $3 million a month.[5] Joel Freedman, CEO of American Academic Health System, has publicly stated that Hahnemann is on the brink of closure unless there is financial support from Pennsylvania or Drexel University College of Medicine — the hospital's academic affiliate.[6] As a way to stem ongoing losses, American Academic Health System laid off hundreds of employees throughout 2018 and 2019, closed outpatient offices and eliminated clinical services.[7] In addition to the hospital's financial turmoil, there has been constant turnover in hospital leadership with the hospital going through five CEOs in the course of a year.[8]

On June 26, 2019, American Academic Health announced that because of unsustainable financial losses, Hahnemann Hospital would close in September 2019. The union representing 800 registered nurses who work at Hahnemann, appealed to Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, the Philadelphia City Council, the Pennsylvania legislature, and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to keep the hospital open, but its fate is unclear for now.[9] On June 27, 2019, Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued a cease and desist and ordered Hahnemann to not take any action toward the closure of the hospital until regulators approve a closure plan.[10] On June 29, 2019, Hahnemann withdrew its Level 1 trauma designation.[11] The closure of the hospital resulted in the ACGME displacing 574 physicians who were in training as residents and fellows, which is the largest displacement in United States history.

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The Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital, which was founded in 1848, was located on North 15th Street in Philadelphia until 1928. It was the first homeopathic medical college in the United States.

After the completion in 1928 of what is now its South Tower, with its Art Deco front doors facing Broad Street, it moved one block east to its current location. This South Tower was America's first skyscraper teaching hospital in the United States.

In 1979, Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital, needing more space, completed construction of the North Tower adjacent to the 1928 South Tower. North Tower housed Hahnemann's emergency department, trauma center, patient care floors, and other core services. It connects by hallway to the New College Building facing 15th Street.

In 1993, Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital was purchased by Allegheny Health Education and Research Foundation. Hahnemann briefly became Allegheny University of the Health Sciences.[12] In 1988, Allegheny purchased the Medical College of Pennsylvania, the former Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania, founded in 1850. In 1993, the schools combined to become known as MCP Hahnemann University School of Medicine.[13]

In 1998, Allegheny Health Education and Research Foundation, declared bankruptcy. Tenet Healthcare Corporation acquired its holdings, including MCP Hahnemann University School of Medicine, Hahnemann Hospital, MCP Hospital, and other regional teaching hospitals associated with MCP Hahnemann, including St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, and Warminster Hospital.[14]

The Hahnemann University Hospital campus consists of six buildings: North Tower, South Tower, Bobst Building, Feinstein Building, New College Building, and Klahr Auditorium.

Hahnemann's Charles C. Wolferth Trauma Center, completed in 1986, was Philadelphia's first designated-Level I Trauma Center for adults.[15]

On August 3, 2000, former US President Gerald R. Ford was admitted to Hahnemann Hospital after suffering minor strokes while attending the 2000 Republican National Convention. He made a quick recovery and was soon released.[16]

After divesting or closing all legacy Allegheny Health Education and Research Foundation hospitals, Tenet entered into a definitive agreement to sell its remaining Philadelphia assets — Hahnemann and St. Christopher's — to American Academic Health System, a newly formed affiliate of Paladin Healthcare. The definitive agreement was announced in September 2017, with the sale finalized in January 2018.

Hahnemann University Hospital announced that it was closing on June 26, 2019 and diverted trauma patients from its emergency room on June 30, 2019. A day later Philadelphia Academic Health System, the hospitals owner, filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.[17] The hospital stopped delivering babies on July 12, 2019. and closed their emergency room August 16, 2019 [18][19] The hospital was part of the bankruptcy of City Center Healthcare which was filed in Delaware as case number 19-11466.[20]

Services providedEdit

Hahnemann Hospital specialized in:

  • Kidney and liver transplantation
  • OB/GYN
  • Medical and radiation oncology
  • Hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) program
  • Minimally invasive robotic surgery
  • Neonatal intensive care unit, Level III
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Bloodless medicine and surgery
  • Neurology and neurosurgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Pulmonary medicine and sleep center
  • Urology
  • Bone marrow transplantation
  • Renal dialysis

MCP Hahnemann University and Drexel University College of MedicineEdit

The Medical College of Pennsylvania merged with Hahnemann University in 1993, creating four fully accredited schools: the School of Medicine, Graduate School, School of Allied Health Professions, and the School of Continuing Education. In 1993, the college became the first medical school in the country to completely integrate women's health issues into its curriculum instead of an occasional lecture or optional elective. Also in that year MCP and Hahnemann University became part of Allegheny Health Education and Research Foundation and were integrated into the Allegheny University of the Health Sciences, which included facilities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. However, in 1998, Allegheny Health Education and Research Foundation, which owned eight Philadelphia hospitals, collapsed in the nation’s largest bankruptcy of a non-profit health care organization and only bankruptcy of a medical school.[21]

In October 1998, in an historic reorganization, the Allegheny Health Education and Research Foundation hospitals were sold to Tenet Healthcare Corporation, a for-profit hospital corporation based in Texas.[22] A new non-profit corporation, Philadelphia Health & Education Corporation (PHEC), was created to carry on the education, research and service missions under the name MCP Hahnemann University. Drexel University was hired as the university’s operator, to bring the same level of expertise to running this academic medical center that Tenet brought to hospital management operations.

After successfully operating MCP Hahnemann University for three and a half years, the Drexel Board of Trustees unanimously agreed to make its relationship with MCP Hahnemann permanent. On July 1, 2002, two of the MCP Hahnemann schools — the College of Nursing and Health Professions and the School of Public Health — formally became integrated with Drexel, and PHEC continued to operate as a legal affiliate of Drexel under its new name, Drexel University College of Medicine. Shortly thereafter, the Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania approved the transfer to Drexel University of all degree-granting authority that had previously been vested in MCP Hahnemann University. As a result, all students of the former MCP Hahnemann University became Drexel students and all alumni became affiliated with Drexel as well.[23]

Key Milestones and AchievementsEdit

  • In 1963, Hahnemann University Hospital performed the Philadelphia region’s first kidney transplant[24]
  • In 1976, physicians at Hahnemann performed one of the region's first bone marrow transplants[25]
  • In 1986, Hahnemann became the region’s first designated Level One adult trauma center and University MedEvac became the region’s first air medical program[26]
  • In 2001, Hahnemann performed the region’s first and only artificial heart implant[27]
  • In 2016, Hahnemann became the first hospital in the region to offer HOPE Act organ transplantation services.[28] In the same year, the hospital became the first academic medical center in the Philadelphia region to offer a transgender surgical program.[29]
  • In 2017, Hahnemann became the first academic medical center in the Philadelphia region and the second in the United States to offer a transgender surgery fellowship.[30]
  • On June 30, 2019, Philadelphia Academic Health System, LLC (the current operators of Hahnemann hospital) filed for bankruptcy in Delaware Federal Bankruptcy court case # 19-11467.[31]

In popular cultureEdit

Hahnemann University Hospital's façade has appeared in numerous TV shows, including It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Cold Case, NCIS: Los Angeles and The Mindy Project.[32]

Grace Kelly was born at Hahnemann on November 12, 1929.[33]

Supermodel Gia Carangi was admitted to Hahnemann Hospital, where she subsequently died of AIDS. Hahnemann was mentioned in her biography, "Thing of Beauty: The Tragedy of Supermodel Gia" by Stephen Fried.[34]



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