About 40% of Drexel medical staff to be cut with Hahnemann closure

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UPDATED: 1 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) —  Drexel University has announced it'll lay off about 40% of its physicians and clinical staff because of Hahnemann University Hospital's coming closure. 

Word of the layoffs came Thursday morning in an email to the Drexel community from medical school dean Daniel Schidlow, who says "the abrupt closure of Hahnemann has brought the Drexel University Physicians practice plan to a crisis point." Hahnemann is the primary teaching hospital for Drexel's college of medicine.

With about 60% of the faculty and clinical staff expected to be offered jobs at existing Drexel medicine practices or at Tower Health locations, Schidlow says the remaining Drexel physicians and clinical staff will be laid off, and given severance and outplacement counseling.

The letter says the reorganization won't affect basic science faculty or the professional staff within the College of Medicine.

On Wednesday, Hahnemann released a closure timeline, saying that on Friday, patients would no longer be admitted. The plan remains for the hospital to shut down completely on or around Sept. 6.


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