hahnemann university hospital

Hahnemann University Hospital. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

PHILADELPHIA — A longtime teaching hospital in Philadelphia has officially closed its emergency department, the latest in a series of moves as it heads toward fully shutting down.

Admissions to Hahnemann University Hospital's emergency department ended at 7 a.m. on Friday. Last month, the hospital stopped admitting patients from the emergency department into the hospital itself.

Philadelphia Academic Health System, the parent company of Hahnemann, filed for bankruptcy protection in July due to "unsustainable financial losses."

Spokesman Kevin Feeley says the hospital plans to shutter its lab, radiology, blood bank and pharmacy services by Aug. 23. The 495-bed hospital will fully close for good around Sept. 6.

Politicians, union leaders and employees have decried the shutdown of the hospital, which treats many poor Philadelphians. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders joined a rally outside the facility last month protesting the closure. — (AP)

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