Last Updated: Sep 29, 2021
Tower Health Announces Plans to Close Jennersville Hospital and Sell Chestnut Hill Hospital
On Sept. 28, 2021, Tower Health announced a series of actions affecting two Southeastern Pennsylvania hospitals and several urgent care centers.
Tower Health announced plans to close Jennersville Hospital, located in Chester County, on Jan. 1, 2022. Until Jan. 1, 2022, Jennersville Hospital and its emergency department will remain open and continue to care for patients and the local community.
In a press release announcing the closure, Tower Health stated its full commitment to placing as many impacted employees and physicians as it can into other positions within Tower Health for which they are qualified, or through priority consideration for open positions at Penn Medicine.
Additionally, Tower Health also announced a non-binding letter of intent with Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic to evaluate and plan for the transfer of ownership of Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia and more than a dozen Tower Health urgent care centers across the surrounding region. Tower Health reports that the following urgent care centers will be included in this transition of ownership to Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic: Conshohocken, Plymouth Meeting, Villanova, Exton, Frazer (Malvern), Hockessin, Kennett Square, North Wales, Parkesburg (Gap), Thorndale, Doylestown, Hellertown, Lansdale, Levittown (Langhorne), Levittown (Vermillion), Newtown, Somerton (Philadelphia)/Roosevelt Blvd, Warminster, and Wynnefield (Philadelphia).
At this time, Tower Health is working with local and state agencies to help secure the long-term future of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. In addition, Tower Health is continuing to evaluate options to determine and define the future of Brandywine Hospital in a way that best meets community needs.
Other Tower Health Developments Throughout 2021
These announcements are the latest in a series of developments regarding Tower Health. In July 2021, Tower Health announced plans to develop a strategic alliance with Penn Medicine. Tower Health System owns several hospitals throughout Eastern Pennsylvania including Berks County’s Reading Hospital. Penn Medicine is the University of Pennsylvania’s Health System and operates multiple hospitals throughout Central and Eastern Pennsylvania including the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Additional information on this partnership can be accessed here.
In May 2021, Tower Health announced a restructuring of Tower Health Medical Group, its primary care and specialty practice network. This restructuring included the closure of several physician practices.
Where Can I Find Additional Information?
The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) in collaboration with county medical societies, has developed a Tower Health resources webpage, which can be accessed here, to provide updated information and answer physician questions regarding recent developments at Tower Health.
PAMED will continue to provide updates and update the Tower Health resources webpage as new developments and additional details are known.