Temple University Health System in Philadelphia announced a 25-year affiliation with Tenet Healthcare Corp.-owned St. Christophers Hospital for Children. The agreement will effectively close the 10-year-old Temple University Childrens Medical Center.
Under the agreement, pediatric physicians and faculty at Temple Universitys School of Medicine will practice and teach at 178-bed St. Christophers, while Temple also will conduct its clinical training program in pediatrics there. Inpatient pediatric care and selected outpatient services now provided at the Temple childrens hospital will be provided by St. Christophers, although some services will continue to be provided at Temples Health Sciences Center. The agreement will be implemented in stages and completed by year-end and is part of an effort to bolster the health systems sagging finances.
Officials at St. Christophers said that after evaluating its resources, they are planning an expansion, including 18 additional beds and two new operating suites. The building that houses the Temple childrens hospital, where the average daily census is less than two dozen children, will be redeployed for other healthcare delivery services not yet determined, officials said in a news release. The agreement with St. Christophers will also eliminate about 35 administrative and staff positions. -- by Cinda Becker
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