Owners of empty hospitals in fights to reopen them for COVID-19
As cities around the U.S. brace for an onslaught of novel coronavirus patients, an empty hospital with room for 500 beds remains closed in the center of the City of Brotherly Love.
That hasn’t gone over well with people in Philadelphia. Just this week someone spray-painted “Joel kills” on the house of the hospital’s owner, according to CBS Philly. That would be Joel Freedman, who bought the city’s Hahnemann University Hospital in 2018 only to shutter it last year.
Many have said Freedman’s end game is to turn the building in a prime location into luxury condos. In the meantime, he recently proposed that Philadelphia pay nearly $1 million a month for at least six months to reopen the hospital during the coronavirus pandemic.
[Source: CBS News]