Tenet Healthcare Corp. and Pennsylvania reached an agreement that will keep Tenet's 369-bed Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital open until June 30 -- three months later than Tenet's planned closure date -- while Temple University Health System emerged as a potential buyer. After Tenet announced in December 2003 plans to close the Philadelphia hospital March 31, a community group sued the company to block the closing. A hearing was scheduled for Thursday, but the case was continued until Monday pending the negotiations between Tenet and the state. Tenet agreed to maintain the hospital's operations while a buyer is sought to provide "substantial healthcare services" at the facility. Temple has discussed its interest in the hospital with Pennsylvania officials but not with Tenet, a Temple spokesman said. Discussions are not far enough along to say whether Temple would operate the facility as a hospital or convert it to another healthcare use, the spokesman said. -- by Vince Galloro
Tenet to keep Pa. hospital open through June
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