WEST CHESTER (April 18, 2019) – Plans to close LifeCare Hospital of Chester County would have a negative impact on Chester County patients and their families, state Senator Andy Dinniman said today.
LifeCare Hospital of Chester County is a long-term acute care hospital located on the first and third floors of 400 East Marshall Street, on the campus of Chester County Hospital. The role of this hospital-in-a-hospital is to help transition patients who received treatment for complex medical conditions, such as mechanical ventilation, at Chester County Hospital and other local hospitals to rehabilitation centers.
Although Lifecare Hospital is located on the campus of Chester County Hospital it is neither owned nor operated by Chester County Hospital or Penn Medicine. It is owned and operated by LifeCare Partners, a for-profit company
LifeCare Hospital of Chester County has 39 beds and approximately 105 employees. Its parent company, LifeCare Health Partners, headquartered in Plano, Texas, is planning to close the hospital in the coming month in what appears to be a move to cut costs and raise profits.
“This is a significant concern for Chester County residents and their families as there is not another similar hospital or facility nearby that can fill this void,” Dinniman said. “Given our growing population and need for top-notch medical care, I am committed to working to keep this facility open through any and all avenues.”
Dr. Mian Jan, Elected President of Lifecare Medical Staff, Chief of Medicine at Chester County Hospital and President of the Chester County Medical Society, said that LifeCare’s closure of its West Chester hospital would have potentially serious implications for patients and families.
“First, Chester County Hospital and other local hospitals would not have a place to discharge residents as quickly and so there could be a backlog and delay in accepting new patients,” he said. “Second, the nearest long-term acute care facility for those transitioning to rehab is in Philadelphia, which is much farther for both patients and families.”
Jan said he and others met with LifeCare officials in 2003 and 2004 when the hospital was opened and that they assisted in developing high quality management standards for patient care. He also said its parent company, LifeCare Health Partners, named LifeCare Hospital of Chester County the best LifeCare hospital in the nation not too long ago.
LifeCare Hospital of Chester County has been recognized for its standards and certifications, including having just last month earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Disease-Specific Respiratory Failure Certification, the first hospital in the state of Pennsylvania to achieve this designation.
In addition, earlier this year, LifeCare Hospital of Chester County earned the American Association for Respiratory Care’s APEX Award for the second consecutive year – making it the first and only long-term acute care hospital in the nation to receive this award for the 2017-2018 and 2019-2020 terms.