Greater Coatesville Hospital Closure Group
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The Greater Coatesville Hospital Closure Group was formed as a result of the closures of the Brandywine and Jennersville hospitals that drastically increased the inaccessibility and inequity of healthcare in the Coatesville community. The group is made up of leaders representing nearly 20 local and county organizations who develop strategies to minimize the disruption of healthcare services and rebuild a strong and equitable healthcare system in the region.
There are two subgroups to the Greater Coatesville Hospital Closure Group – Advocacy and Coordinated Health Services. These subgroups were formed to prioritize and communicate short-term healthcare needs and to focus on long-term methods to rebuild a stronger healthcare system that is not as vulnerable to the impact of hospital closures and that assesses and addresses gaps in healthcare and health-related services.
Greater Coatesville Advocacy Work Group
The Advocacy Work Group’s focus is on community needs and education, with priorities to ensure residents are informed and educated on where to go to seek healthcare services by developing educational materials/activities. The Advocacy group, in conjunction with the Chester County Health Department and healthcare providers, recently developed educational materials, in both English and Spanish for the community with information on where to get care, where to find a doctor or medical home, and where to find free or low-cost health insurance.
Members of the Advocacy Workforce
The Alliance for Health Equity, City of Coatesville, United Way of Chester County, Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc., Transportation Management Association of Chester County, Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce, Pennsylvania American Water Company, The Chester County Community Foundation, Community Volunteers in Medicine, Maternal and Child Health Consortium, The Office of US Representative Chrissy Houlahan, Chester County Health Department, Chester County Department of Human Services, Phoenixville Community Health Foundation, ChesPenn FQHC, Chester County Commissioners, Chester County Hospital, Coatesville Center for Community Health, The Office of US Representative Dan Williams, Chester County Economic Development Council
Greater Coatesville Coordinated Health Services Group
The Coordinated Health Services group’s focus is on the identification of healthcare system gaps, conducting a community needs assessment to capture the concerns and healthcare needs of residents related to the hospital closures, and rebuilding a strong equitable healthcare ecosystem.
Coordinated Health Workforce
Hugh Bleemer, The Chester County Community Foundation., Maureen Tomoschuk, Community Volunteers in Medicine., Milena Lanz, Maternal and Child Health Consortium., Sari Shanken, Rep. Chrissy Houlahan., Jeanne Franklin, Chester County Health Department., Pat Bokovitz, Chester County Department of Human Services., Tamela Luce, Phoenixville Community Health Foundation., Tamara Fox, Ches Penn FQHC., Josh Maxwell, County Commissioner., Kathy Gorman, Chester County Hospital., Kathryn Spurlock, Coatesville Center for Community Health., William Schoell, Rep. Dan Williams., Pattie Cleave, Chester County Economic Development Council., Vanessa Briggs, The Alliance for Health Equity., Nicholas Torres, The Alliance for Health Equity.