With coronavirus cases increasing, it would be great if Philadelphia could make use of a shutdown hospital.
Hahnemann University Hospital is closed, but the price to borrow it is too steep. Owner Joel Freedman offered up the facility for sale or lease, for about one million dollars a month. Mayor Jim Kenney’s response? “We don’t have the need to own it nor the resources to buy it. So we are done and we are moving on.” The mayor also accuses Freedman of “trying to make a buck” off the current situation.
Freedman has faced backlash since the medical center’s closing mainly because he said Hahnemann has to close because it “cannot continue to lose millions of dollars each month and remain in business.” Bernie Sanders went after the owner saying the closure “has nothing to do with health care, it has everything to do with greed.”