The old Jennersville Hospital is becoming ChristianaCare's West Grove Campus. (ChristianaCare photo)

ChristianaCare’s Pa. ‘micro’ hospital to open in late ’24

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The old Jennersville Hospital is becoming ChristianaCare's West Grove Campus. (ChristianaCare photo)

The old Jennersville Hospital is becoming ChristianaCare’s West Grove Campus. (ChristianaCare photo)

Christiana Care plans to restore medical services in late 2024 to Jennersville Hospital, which has been closed since 2021.

The Delaware-based system will open what Pennsylvania calls a micro hospital, with 10 emergency department beds, 10 inpatient beds and imaging services.

The opening date is subject to change due to the significant work that will be required to renovate the West Grove Campus to update the health care and information technology.

In June 2022, ChristianaCare finalized the purchase of the site from Tower Health, which in 2021 said the hospital was licensed for 63 beds and had a medical staff of 350.

ChristianaCare in 2022 received a $2.5 million American Rescue Fund Plan Act grant from Chester County, a $1.5 million ARPA grant from Pennsylvania and a $1 million grant from Pennsylvania to assist in upgrades. Neither the latest announcement nor the announcements on the earlier grants indicated how much the renovations will cost.

The hospital will offer emergency care and behavioral health emergency care. Its diagnostic capabilities including ultrasound, CT scans, X-rays and laboratory services. It will have access to ChristianaCare’s network of specialists and support services through virtual consults.

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ChristianaCare is Delaware’s largest private employer and runs 11 facilities in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania. In 2022 it both announced a deal to buy four hospitals and related facilities in southeastern Pennsylvania, and it ended up not doing it.

Since 2020, ChristianaCare has provided primary care in three practices in southern Chester County, in Jennersville (basically, on the West Grove Campus), West Grove and Kennett Square. The West Grove practice has recently brought on additional providers and will soon begin offering virtual visits with ChristianaCare specialists. Tthese three practices are now the “medical home” for 22,000.

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“We are committed to our neighbors in southern Chester County for the long term,” ChristianaCare CEO Janice Nevin said in a statement.

Dr. Heather Farley, ChristianaCare’s chief wellness officer and the clinical leader for the West Grove planning, said the planned hospital “meets the community’s most immediate needs today, and it also sets us up to grow in meeting more of the community’s needs in the future.”

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