ChristianaCare has completed its purchase of the former Jennersville Hospital location in West Grove, Pennsylvania, from Tower Health.
Under its new name, ChristianaCare West Grove Campus, the site will once again serve the health needs of the southern Chester County community—but the opening of services at the campus will take some time.
“It is our privilege to serve our neighbors in southern Chester County as expert, caring partners in health,” said Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH, ChristianaCare president and CEO. “We are excited to have this opportunity to reimagine health care at the ChristianaCare West Grove Campus. We are here as long-term partners in supporting a healthy southern Chester County community.”
ChristianaCare and Tower Health initially announced the purchase agreement on June 14, 2022. The purchase included the hospital, which has been closed since Dec. 31, 2021, and Tower Health’s interest in two office buildings, plus an additional 24-acre parcel of land adjacent to the hospital. The purchase price was $8 million.
Since the purchase was announced in June, ChristianaCare leaders have been meeting with community leaders to listen and learn.
“This has been an extraordinary experience to-date. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve the southern Chester County community, and everyone has been incredibly welcoming and supportive,” said Heather Farley, M.D., MHCDS, FACEP, chief wellness officer and co-lead for the campus development strategy.
The two big questions on everyone’s mind are: What will ChristianaCare open on the campus, and when?
“Our first priority is to re-establish local access to emergency services,” Dr. Farley said. “We’ve heard loud and clear that this is what the community most urgently needs.”
As for the second question?
“It’s going to take a few more months before we can lay out a timeline,” said Douglas P. Azar, senior vice president, strategic clinical integration. “Planning is under way to develop a smart, sustainable model for this campus that will meet the long-term needs of the community. There are a lot of complexities and necessary investments that go into that, including information technology, supply chain, workforce, equipment, building renovations and much more. We’re going to move as quickly as we can, and we look forward to our continued conversations with the community along the way.”
ChristianaCare already serves many residents of southern Chester County. On March 21, ChristianaCare announced the integration of two primary care practices at Jennersville and West Grove that were previously part of Tower Health.