A Sad Day for Radiology and Patients

ACR-18This post was contributed by Howard B. Fleishon, MD, MMM, FACR, vice chair of the American College of Radiology Board of Chancellors.

I grew up and received my medical training in Philadelphia, so the news that Hahnemann University Hospital (HUH) will close this fall impacted me personally and professionally.

The closure displaces two advanced match radiology residents. Their program director sent an open letter to radiology facilities nationwide hoping to find these young doctors new training programs.

The ACR put out the call to members and I am proud to say that many of you contacted ACR to let us know your programs have openings. Their program director may be in touch.

But personally, this closing is a sad event for medicine and the people of Philadelphia. For more than 150 years, Hahnemann has been considered a critical center city institution.

Hahnemann’s bankruptcy is a valuable case study in the finance of medicine versus serving the needs of the regional population.

Unfortunately, HUH will not be the last facility to close its doors. Due to financial difficulties and the emerging consolidation trend, there will undoubtedly be others.

The ACR is closely monitoring consolidation and closure trends. We will work to arm you with the latest information to help you make the best decisions for your practices, your patients and your families.

Especially in these changing times, we are all in this together. Let’s continue to work together to help each other, radiology and medicine move forward.

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