East Falls hit with a double whammyOK, so first, East Falls/Hunting park/ Allegheny West gets hit with smog from 99 Lower Merion School Busses that decide that while Lower Merion is too nice for loud, smoky busses, Philly is just fine. And then, today we find out this:
Woman's Medical Hospital is closing six months after a nonprofit organization led by cardiologist Nancy Pickering took over operations of the money-losing facility in Philadelphia's East Falls neighborhood..
Pickering told workers at a meeting this morning that she met with the hospital's board of directors last night and they made the decision to close because of the hospital's poor financial condition and prospects, according to a worker at the meeting.
"While we had hopes of rebuilding this community hospital with its rich heritage, there just wasn't enough patient revenue to support and maintain the operation of an acute-care facility," Pickering said in a statement.
She told hospital employees that some would continue to work until Friday, while others would need to stay longer to allow for the safe transfer of patients to other hospitals, said Beth Cantor, a mammography technician in the radiology department
As someone from that area, let me just say that this is an awful, awful thing. MCP was/is a part of the neighborhood. And, just out of curiosity, if you get really sick in West Germantown or the border of W. Mt Airy, where does an ambulance take you? Temple is a long drive in a life and death matter...