Historic Hahnemann University Hospital in Center City, Philadelphia, is slated to close later this summer.
The announcement was made during an employee town hall meeting Wednesday morning, Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP) spokesman Samir Sonti said.
Nurses and other employees were told the hospital on North Broad Street is slated to close on Sept. 6, Sonti said.
Representatives of the hospital did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
The closure would leave around 800 union nurses and about 3,000 total employees out of work, said the union, which represents around 8,500 nurses across the state.
The union is calling on Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and other elected officials to intervene to keep Hahnemann open or at least have another medical center remain open at the site.
The union also called out Joel Freedman, the chairman and founder of American Academic Health System.
“Hahnemann is a safety-net hospital that for decades has provided care to an under-served community,” PASNAP president and nurse Maureen May said. “We cannot allow predatory, for-profit companies to plunder such a valuable public good. It is incumbent upon the state and city to step in and guarantee that the poor and working people who depend upon this hospital continue to receive the care that they need.”
The ownership of Hahnemann changed hands in January 2018 when American Academic Health System bought the medical center — and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children — from Tenet Healthcare Corp. for $170 million, reported the Philadelphia Business Journal.
California-based AAHS has not been able to get Hahnemann on sound financial ground, PBJ reports. Earlier this year, Freedman said the health system could be left with no option but to close Hahnemann as it lost between $3 to $5 million per month.
The financially-struggling hospital announced 175 job cuts earlier this year.
The hospital was founded in 1848 as the Homeopathic Medical College of Pennsylvania. In addition to treating patients, the hospital also serves to train medical students and residents from Drexel University.