Senator Tartaglione and Congressman Evans express support for Jefferson and Einstein
PHILADELPHIA – Jefferson Health, Einstein Health Network and our local elected leaders share concerns throughout the Greater Philadelphia region for reducing the health disparity gap. We greatly appreciate the steadfast support of Congressman Dwight Evans (D-PA-3rd) and State Senator Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia).
Said Sen. Tartaglione: “The merger of Jefferson Health and Einstein Healthcare Network would provide the residents of North Philadelphia and the surrounding region with improved access to high-quality, reliable medical care, so I am extremely disappointed that the FTC has chosen to challenge this definitive agreement. As a safety net hospital within a largely underserved community, Einstein has long been committed to securing the resources needed to deliver essential medical care to families in need. The merger with Jefferson would advance that noble mission and support community health for the foreseeable future.”
Said Congressman Evans: “This is an outrageous action by the Federal Trade Commission and Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. The proposed merger would provide enhanced stability and access to high-quality care for the residents of North Philadelphia for the foreseeable future. I urge these agencies to drop this ill-considered action at once! I am fighting to secure the resources necessary for essential, safety net hospitals like Einstein to deliver care to those in need. In fact, I have been leading a truly bipartisan effort to strengthen hospital finances to prevent more closings like last year’s closure of Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. I have been working with leaders like the chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, on which I serve; the offices of U.S. Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey; and the Pennsylvania secretary of health, among others.
To read their statements in full, visit https://evans.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/evans-pushes-back-save-einstein-jefferson-merger-keeps-fight-no-more and http://www.senatortartaglione.com/tartaglione-issues-statement-regarding-ftcs-challenge-of-jefferson-health-einstein-healthcare-merger