Cancer Treatment Center of America-Philadelphia Closure Will Eliminate 365 Hospital Positions, Some May Find New Jobs With Temple

The closing of Cancer Treatments Centers of America’s Philadelphia hospital will result in the loss of 365 jobs, according to a notice filed with the state by the specialty medical center.

CTCA announced last week it was closing the cancer hospital at 1331 E. Wyoming Ave. in the Juniata Park section of the city. The for-profit company has entered into an agreement to sell the hospital building and its assets to Temple University Health System, in a deal that still requires the approval of the Pennsylvania Department of health.

In a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification filed by CTCA with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, the company notes “some” of the displaced Philadelphia workers may be offered employment at affiliated entities outside of the state. The company’s other hospitals are in Atlanta, Chicago, Tulsa and Phoenix.

CTCA also stated it does not have an exact date for the closure of its facility; however, it anticipates that layoffs will begin after May 30.

In an interview with the Philadelphia Business Journal, Temple Health CEO Michael Young said the system wants to higher as many CTCA employees as possible. Young said Temple Health System is need of additional clinical and office space, and studying is studying how best to use the CTCA campus, which is less than two miles from Temple University Hospital in North Philadelphia.

CTCA, based in Boca Raton, Florida, operates a for-profit network of five cancer hospitals. In late 2005 it entered the Philadelphia market taking over what had been Parkview Hospital, a community hospital that was closed by Tenet Healthcare Corp. (NYSE: THC) two years earlier.

CTCA faced formidable competition here from three established cancer care providers in Philadelphia: Fox Chase Cancer Center, Jefferson Health’s Kimmel Cancer Center, and Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center.

In a statement released when the closing was announced, CTCA Philadelphia President Maria Scenna said Temple “is well-positioned to integrate the hospital into a broader continuum of care, while expanding access to their services for the local community.

“Our top priority will be to ensure the seamless transition of patient care as well as work with Temple Health on employee transitions,” she said. “We are proud that our investment here will continue to be a valuable resource for patients and the community it serves.”

*Article courtesy of Philadelphia Business Journal

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