After months of thoughtful exploration and analysis, the Tower Health Board of Directors today announced a series of actions that will reshape the health system and establish a sustainable path forward. We have worked diligently to try to protect access to care and minimize impacts on our communities, employees, and providers. Importantly, all Tower Health facilities will remain open and will continue to provide services as the organization moves forward with this transition process.

Below, please find additional details regarding this announcement, along with FAQs for more information.

Chestnut Hill Hospital and Select Tower Health Urgent Care Centers

Tower Health and Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic have entered into a non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) to evaluate and plan for the transfer of ownership of Chestnut Hill Hospital and more than a dozen Tower Health Urgent Care Centers across the region. Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic has committed to retaining all active employees and providers in good standing.

Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic’s proposed acquisition will maintain access to high-quality healthcare options for communities in northwest Philadelphia and eastern Montgomery County. In addition, convenient access to Urgent Care services will be maintained across the region. Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic hospitals have served the southeastern Pennsylvania region for more than 100 years. Its facilities and caregivers are highly regarded for their commitment to excellence and compassion for individuals and communities. Both organizations will now enter a due-diligence process, which should take several months to conclude.

Jennersville Hospital

Tower Health will begin an orderly process to close Jennersville Hospital, effective January 1, 2022. During this period, the Hospital and Emergency Department will remain open and continue to care for patients and the community. This difficult decision was made after an exhaustive study failed to find viable options for maintaining the Hospital.  

Tower Health is fully committed to placing as many impacted employees and physicians as it can into other positions within Tower Health for which they are qualified, or through priority consideration for open positions at Penn Medicine, with which we recently announced plans to develop a strategic alliance, and which offers a variety of services in the Chester County region.

Other Tower Health Hospital Updates

Tower Health will continue to operate St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, a vital healthcare resource for some of the region’s most vulnerable populations, while working with local and state agencies and organizations to help secure its long-term future. In addition, Tower Health is continuing to evaluate options to determine and define the future of Brandywine Hospital in a way that best meets community needs.

Today’s announcement does not impact Reading Hospital, Phoenixville Hospital, Pottstown Hospital, Tower Health at Home, or our remaining urgent care locations. Important partnerships will continue with Acadia Healthcare and the Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM), including the new state-of-the-art DUCOM at Tower Health campus in Reading. The ongoing strategic alliance process with Penn Medicine is not affected by this announcement.

  1. What’s being announced?

After carefully evaluating all strategic options, the Tower Health Board of Directors have decided on the following actions to reshape our health system and secure its long-term future:

  • Tower Health has entered into a non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) with Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic to evaluate and plan for the transfer of ownership of Chestnut Hill Hospital, along with more than a dozen Tower Health Urgent Care Centers, to this highly regarded, regionally based non-profit health system. Nothing changes today regarding the employment of our team members or providers at these facilities or with the operations or services at either the Hospital or the Urgent Care Centers. Trinity has committed to retaining all active employees and providers in good standing.
  • We have made the extraordinarily difficult decision to close Jennersville Hospital, effective January 1, 2022. We are taking this action only after an exhaustive study failed to identify any viable options for maintaining the Hospital. For impacted staff and providers, we will work to identify other employment opportunities within our health system or Penn Medicine, which offers a variety of services in the Chester County region.
  1. Why were these decisions made?

Our Board of Directors, supported by our executive team, have been focused on defining a future for Tower Health that will sustain our mission while advancing our financial and operational turnaround. 

The last 18 months have tested Tower Health in ways that we could not have imagined, as we have navigated the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19, while simultaneously implementing a financial turnaround. Throughout these challenges, we made difficult decisions to ensure the long-term viability of our health system. These decisions have been guided by our mission as a non-profit and are critical to positioning ourselves for the future – to continue providing high-quality care in our region.

  1. Will there be any changes to Reading Hospital, Phoenixville Hospital, Pottstown Hospital, Tower Health at Home, or the Urgent Care Centers?

There will not be any changes at Reading Hospital, Phoenixville Hospital, Pottstown Hospital, or the Urgent Care Centers not acquired by Trinity Health.

  1. Will there be any changes to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children?

We recognize that St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children remains a vital community resource and we’re working tirelessly with local and state agencies and organizations, as well as potential partners, to help secure its long-term future.

  1. Will there be any changes to Brandywine Hospital?

Tower Health is continuing its extensive efforts and analysis to determine and define the future of Brandywine Hospital in a way that best meets community needs.

  1. How was Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic selected for Chestnut Hill Hospital and the Urgent Care Centers?

Tower Health is fortunate to have found a strong, high-quality, and non-profit health system that shares our passion for clinical excellence and our commitment to improving health outcomes in these communities. Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic hospitals have served the southeastern Pennsylvania region for more than 100 years. Its facilities and caregivers are highly regarded for their commitment to excellence and compassion for individuals and communities.

  1. Which Urgent Care Center locations are transferring to Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic?

It’s important to note that all Tower Health Urgent Care Centers remain open, including those that will transition to Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic. The following Urgent Care Centers will be included in the transition of ownership to Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic: Conshohocken, Plymouth Meeting, Villanova, Exton, Frazer (Malvern), Hockessin, Kennett Square, North Wales, Parkesburg (Gap), Thorndale, Doylestown, Hellertown, Lansdale, Levittown (Langhorne), Levittown (Vermillion), Newtown, Somerton (Philadelphia)/Roosevelt Blvd, Warminster, and Wynnefield (Philadelphia).

  1. What does this mean for our patients and the community?  

Nothing changes today. As we move forward, we remain focused on providing patients with the same physicians, quality healthcare services, and locations they have come to know and expect. Our patients will continue to have access to their providers without any disruption to care. All current insurances will continue to be accepted.

  1. What happens next? How can I learn more?

Nothing changes today. In the coming weeks, Tower Health will engage in mutual diligence to fully determine the details of the definitive agreement, which should take several months to conclude. As the process with Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic moves forward, we are committed to regularly sharing information with physicians and team members at Chestnut Hill Hospital and the Urgent Care Centers included in the LOI, as well as our patients and members of the local community.

Jennersville Hospital

  1. What is being announced?

Tower Health has made the difficult decision to close Jennersville Hospital, effective January 1, 2022. We are taking this action only after an exhaustive study failed to identify any viable options for maintaining the hospital. For impacted staff and providers, we will work to identify other employment opportunities within our health system or Penn Medicine, which offers a variety of services in the Chester County region.

  1. What will happen during the wind down process?

During this process, the Hospital and Emergency Department remain open, and we continue to care for patients and our community. We are closely coordinating with other hospitals within the Tower Health network, as well as other providers in the community, including EMS, to ensure continuity of care for all our patients. Jennersville Hospital will close effective January 1, 2022.

  1. What does this mean for patients and the community?

Tower Health’s dedicated team of physicians and hospital employees will continue serving patients to ensure they receive the highest quality care and treatment until they are discharged. It is important to know that we will work with patients to transition care if additional services are needed. If patients require inpatient care past January 1, 2022, we will work with them and their families to arrange for the continuation of care at another healthcare facility.