HARRISBURG – Today, AG Josh Shapiro announced his office has taken action in support of litigation initiated by The Foundation for Delaware County and Crozer-Keystone Health System contesting the closure of Delaware County Memorial Hospital by Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc., and Prospect Crozer, LLC.
“Every Pennsylvanian should have access to affordable healthcare,” said AG Shapiro. “My office will do everything within our power to force Prospect to live up to the commitments they made to Delaware County residents and to protect access to care for all Pennsylvanians.”
When Prospect purchased the Delaware County Memorial Hospital in 2016, it was committed to keeping the hospital open for at least 10 years unless The Foundation for Delaware County consented to its closure in advance. Despite that commitment, on September 21, 2022, Prospect announced its intention to close the hospital without The Foundation’s prior consent.
Preservation of the hospital’s critical health care services in the community was a requisite condition upon which The Foundation and the Commonwealth relied on in assessing the benefits and/or potential damages of Prospect’s 2016 purchase of the Delaware County hospital. The Office of Attorney General played a key part in the preservation of this care during the process in which the hospital changed from a non-profit to a for-profit status. This change to for-profit status came along with the purchase by Prospect and was overseen by the Charitable Trusts and Organizations section.
Members of the community impacted by this closure are encouraged to share their concerns by contacting the Charitable Trusts and Organizations section of the Office of Attorney General by phone at 717-783-2853, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by filing a complaint online.
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