Acknowledging that reopening is likely more than a year away, ChristianaCare this week provided an update on its plans for the shuttered medical center bought this summer in southern Chester County, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal.

In July, ChristianaCare of Wilmington completed the purchase for $8 million Jennersville Hospital by Tower Health, which was closed West Grove Medical Center on Dec. 31 as part of an effort to resolve financial issues.

Since then, ChristianaCare has met with various community leaders and small groups of community members to get feedback on how best to use the site, which will operate as the ChristianaCare West Grove campus.

“Ambulance services have quickly become the most important need in this community,” said Douglas P. Azar, the health system’s senior vice president for strategic clinical integration. told “In our discussions with the community, the question of what is the most urgent need is emergency care. This is our first priority.”

Azar said ChristianaCare’s plan is to take a “phased approach” to campus development, and his intent is to include emergency services in the first phase.

Check out to take a closer look at what ChristianaCare still says needs to be done to finalize campus plans.

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