Crozer Health has announced that it is temporarily closing the Intensive Care Unit and Surgical Unit at the 215-bed Delaware County Memorial Hospital. Officials said the action would take place by Tuesday, May 31, and outpatient services at the hospital would be located at the hospital until April 5.
The report said emergency services and inpatient medical / surgical and telemetry beds at the hospital would remain open.
In a message sent through Crozer’s list of hospitals, the closure is due to ongoing staffing problems due to the pandemic. It says the system needs to take these actions and reallocate resources elsewhere across the health care system.
A Delaware County spokesman said the county council was aware of developments at DCMH, and officials are working to better understand the implications.
“The county appealed to the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office and the Pennsylvania Department of Health as part of our efforts to provide proper care to our residents for their medical needs,” the statement said.
Upper Darby Chief Administrative Officer Vincent Ronjone said the township had not been notified of any changes to the hospital, but was concerned about the situation.
“We are incredibly concerned about any decline in our community’s service,” Ronjone said. “Our community cannot afford to further recall services from this hospital system.”
In February, Crozer Health announced that the ChristianaCare Health System is there signed a letter of intent with its parent company, Prospect Medical Holdings, to acquire the Crozer Health system. Prospect Medical Holdings Inc. acquired Crozer Health in 2016 for $ 300 million.
A press release on this statement from ChristinaCare says they are engaged in further prudence and negotiating a final final settlement agreement scheduled for the second quarter of 2022 with the potential to close in the second half of 2022.
Crozer officials did not respond to a request for comment regarding the closure.