Einstein Healthcare merger with Jefferson Health System coming into focus

Einstein Healthcare has been losing money for several years, and the merger with Thomas Jefferson University that might save it has been put on hold.(MONTCO.Today file photo)

Jefferson Health System is spreading its presence in Montgomery County, and the Philadelphia region, with a bit of help from Einstein Healthcare Network. At a press conference held Wednesday at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, Einstein Healthcare Network CEO Barry Freedman announced a letter of intent to merge the two non-profit organizations who are “not strangers to one another. In fact, we know and work well together,” Freedman said. “For the last two decades we have had a strong academic relationship, with Jefferson students coming to Einstein to further their clinical education. Einstein physicians are part of Jefferson’s faculty, and Jefferson’s physicians provide clinical services here at Einstein.”

Among the Einstein Healthcare Network properties that will now be part of Jefferson are Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia; Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park; Moss Rehab; Einstein Healthcare Network Plymouth Meeting; Einstein Healthcare Network King of Prussia; Einstein Healthcare Network Collegeville; Einstein Medical Center Montgomery and Einstein Montgomery Women’s Center, both in East Norriton, and the Minerva D. Braemer Medical Arts Building on the Einstein Medical Center Montgomery campus. An additional ambulatory Einstein site, at 676 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, opened April 1, with one set to open at 2010 Broad St., Lansdale, May 1, writes Gary Puleo in The Times Herald.

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As Einstein Montgomery approaches its sixth anniversary, Beth Duffy, COO Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, said it will continue to move along the same path, “and that is high quality care and accessibility. We want to continue to expand the services and programs that we offer and expand the locations where we offer health care.”

As the “due diligence” phase of the merger agreement unfolds in the coming months patients at Einstein Montgomery will see no changes to the care provided or the environment, Duffy assured.

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