Cooper Is Part of Successful Bid for Physician Residency Program

We are pleased to have collaborated successfully with other prominent local health systems in a bid in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to maintain the federal funding for the Hahnemann University Hospital training programs. This important step will allow the health systems, including Cooper, to continue the training of more than 500 medical residents and fellows each year.

We have a clear objective for participating in this process: continue these training programs in our region for years to come so that we may sustain the advanced level of health care available to the people living in southern New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Delaware. The success of our bid will allow us to achieve this important objective.

This is a press release from our coalition providing more detail:

Coalition of Regional Academic Health Organizations Wins Bid for Hahnemann Residency Program

Christiana Care, Cooper, Einstein, Jefferson, Main Line, and Temple join together to preserve physician education and patient care

PHILADELPHIA (August 9, 2019)—Six mission-driven, nonprofit academic health organizations across Greater Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley won a collective bid for the physician residency program at Hahnemann University Hospital.

The move ensures access to patient care services—especially for the underserved—and stabilizes the education of hundreds of residents who will be the region’s health care providers of the future.

The bid also unites the majority of institutions—Christiana Care Health System, Cooper University Health Care, Einstein Healthcare Network, Jefferson Health, Main Line Health, and Temple Health—that are absorbing the patients, residents, and employees displaced by the Hahnemann closure with a shared vision of doing what’s right for the community.

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court will review the bid during a hearing scheduled for August 19. Closing of the transaction is dependent upon certain regulatory approvals. Should the court approve, the transaction will provide vital medical malpractice insurance for displaced residents, which will protect them from personal liability.

The coalition has been working tirelessly since last month to assist in what’s been called a medical crisis for the Philadelphia region by:

  • Offering positions to 384 of approximately 570 orphaned residents.
  • Holding job fairs for nurses, physicians, and other allied health professionals.
  • Expediting credentialing processes for displaced physicians and other care providers.
  • Increasing staffing across sites of care to ensure safe and effective care delivery.

Furthermore, the coalition is open to discussions with a partner to discuss ways of providing care at Hahnemann or St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, which are owned by parent company Philadelphia Academic Health System. The coalition also looks forward to the collaborative and strong relationship it has with Drexel University.