Philadelphia stymied in makes an attempt to make use of Hahnemann Hospital for coronavirus sufferers
Protestors march across the constructing after a rally with Bernie2020 marketing campaign co-chair Sen. Nina Turner to protest the the upcoming closure of Hahnemann College Hospital in Philadelphia, PA on July 11, 2019.(Photograph by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto through Getty Pictures)
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Philadelphia is prepping for the necessity for a lot of extra hospital beds within the coming weeks, however has not been getting wherever with the proprietor of closed Hahnemann Hospital in Heart Metropolis, in response to Managing Director Brian Abernathy.
The hospital, which closed final yr, is positioned at North Broad and Vine streets and had greater than 400 beds staffed in years previous. It has been recognized as a possible pop-up hospital to carry COVID-19 sufferers in quarantine and restoration through the coronavirus outbreak.
Hahnemann’s proprietor, Joel Freedman, first requested that the town buy the constructing at honest market worth, which the town can not afford, Abernathy stated Tuesday.
Freedman then requested that the town lease the constructing for 12 months earlier than demanding the town pay for a six-month lease, Abernathy stated.
That size of time was doable, Abernathy stated, however what Freedman was asking for in hire will not be.
“We’re persevering with to attempt to negotiate and discover a path ahead,” he stated.
A spokesman for Freedman stated the proprietor supplied to lease the constructing to the town for $70 per room per evening. That is concerning the worth of an evening on the Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham close to the Philadelphia Airport.
If the town used 450 rooms per evening for COVID-19 sufferers, that might come to $31,500 each day, or about $5.7 million for six months.
“We will proceed to work with the town to discover a affordable and equitable answer,” Freedman’s spokesman, Sam Singer, instructed NBC10 on Tuesday afternoon. “We simply assume they’re unaware of the realities of the market.”
Abernathy stated Freedman’s negotiating place didn’t appear to keep in mind the dire scenario that the town and nation are in, as COVID-19 circumstances proceed to rise.
“He’s this as a enterprise transaction slightly than offering an imminent and vital want for our metropolis and our residents,” Abernathy stated. “The proprietor, Mr. Freedman, was tough to work with at occasions when he was the proprietor of the hospital, and he’s nonetheless tough to work with because the proprietor of the shuttered hospital.”
The town is exploring further choices for areas to carry extra hospital beds. These embrace lodge websites and former dormitory-style dwelling preparations.
Freedman’s spokesman stated he did not assume Abernathy struck the suitable tone on the press convention.
“We wish the town of Philadelphia to take it. We will proceed to work with the town,” Singer stated. “We simply assume they spoke out of flip with out realizing the information.”
He pointed to a lease accomplished between the state of California and St. Vincent Medical Heart in downtown Los Angeles that Singer stated was for $266 per room per evening.
“That is an absolute apples-to-apples instance of the market,” Singer stated.
Hahnemann operated in Philadelphia for almost 170 years and had almost 500 hospital beds at one level. The hospital was based in 1848 and just lately served as a coaching facility for medical college students and residents from Drexel College.
Freedman, a Los Angeles-based investor, owns the constructing via an entity known as American Educational Well being System and a subsidiary of that entity, Philadelphia Educational Well being System.
Abernathy famous that the town couldn’t afford to take possession of the property via eminent area as a result of it will require the acquisition to be honest market worth.