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Northeastern Hospital to Transition to Northeastern Ambulatory Care Center
Date:3/23/2009

Inpatient services will transition to Temple University Hospital

PHILADELPHIA, March 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Temple University Health System announced today that Northeastern Hospital will transition from an inpatient hospital to a multi-specialty ambulatory care center by July 1, 2009.

The decision was made in the face of declining utilization and mounting losses on healthcare operations at Northeastern Hospital, which has served the community for nearly 100 years. In Fiscal Year 2008, the hospital reported a loss of $6.6 million and is projected to lose an additional $15 million in Fiscal Year 2009.

The decision follows an intensive examination of all options for maintaining hospital services and reflects a trend of area hospital closures that have taken place in the past decade, including acute-care closures of Parkview Hospital, the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital, Graduate Hospital, St. Agnes Hospital, Virtua Health Hospital (Camden) and Warminster Hospital.

The new Northeastern Ambulatory Care Center will focus on prenatal care and family health, offer non-emergency walk-in care, and provide outpatient specialty services such as cancer care, cardiac care, digestive disease care, orthopedics (bone, joint, and muscle care) and occupational health. Full radiology services and routine lab work will be available on-site.

Northeastern Hospital will begin reducing inpatient services in May, and end all inpatient and emergency services by June 30, 2009. The Northeastern campus will be redeveloped by attracting other health and social-service tenants.

A full program of healthcare outreach and education will be provided at Northeastern Ambulatory Care Center including in the areas of asthma, diabetes, heart failure, nutrition, pregnancy care, smoking cessation and weight management. On an ongoing basis, addi
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