Physicians at the Medical College of Pennsylvania will run the associated hospital as a not-for-profit corporation under a plan unveiled by Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell and U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.). Temple University Health System in Philadelphia has been asked to work with the doctors in a partnership that will be developed as negotiations proceed, the governor's office said. Unable to revive the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital after five years' effort, Tenet Healthcare Corp. had planned to close the hospital in March but earlier this year agreed to keep it open at least until June 30 while joining Rendell's office in seeking a buyer for the facility. The proposal still requires "extensive negotiation" with Tenet, officials said. In addition to the physicians, Temple and Drexel University College of Medicine also submitted proposals for the hospital. -- by Cinda Becker
Pa. brokers doctors' takeover of Tenet hospital
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