Penn Medicine opts out of deal to acquire Brandywine Hospital site

Brandywine Hospital. File photo.

Citing construction costs and building issues, Penn Medicine has opted out of an agreement to purchase the old Brandywine Hospital, Friday. Penn is expected to look for another facility in the area, which would be used for VA medical services and potentially emergency and acute care for the Coatesville area.

Tower Health, which owns the facility an operated it until it’s closing in January, 2022, announced that the deal would not be moving forward with Penn.

Chester County Commissioners Josh Maxwell, Marian Moskowitz and Eric Roe issued a statement Friday noting disappointment that Penn would not be moving forward with the project, but expressed hope for another facility in the county:

“We are disappointed that the Brandywine Hospital property did not meet Penn Medicine’s requirements, but we are excited that Penn Medicine remains committed to bringing emergency and acute care back to the Coatesville area, as well as expanding care for veterans through the agreement with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  We will continue to support Penn Medicine’s plans as they seek an alternative location to provide the best healthcare facility for Chester County residents and veterans,” the statement said.

The Commissioners said they remain committed to working toward restoring health care for the immediate Coatesville area.

“We also remain committed in our support for the Greater Coatesville Health Equity Group, both as members of the Group and in providing more than $2 million in funding for the Alliance for Health Equity’s Equity Health Center.  In every  way that we can, we are working with many partners to ensure everyone in the greater Coatesville area has equitable healthcare options and access,” they said in a statement.

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