WEST READING PA – Urgent care centers operated by Tower Health in Gilbertsville, Douglassville, Limerick, Oaks, and North Coventry reportedly will remain open, as the non-profit healthcare system pursues a strategy to reduce costs by closing some urgent care centers and selling others elsewhere.
The pending sales and possible closures were the subject of a Monday (Sept. 25, 2023) article in the Philadelphia Business Journal.
John George, a Journal senior reporter, wrote Tower Health had agreed to sell eight of its 22 centers to “operators in the American Family Care network.” The eight are located in Kennett Square, Warminster, Newtown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Wynnefield, Frazer, and Conshohocken. Their sale is due to be completed Saturday (Sept. 30). Financial terms were not disclosed, George reported.
Besides the local urgent care centers Tower Health said it will continue to own and operate, it also expects to continue business at similar facilities in Hamburg, Sinking Spring, Wyomissing, and Exeter. All centers being kept by Tower Health are within what was described as its “primary market service area:” Berks, northern Chester, and western Montgomery counties.
Additionally, according to George’s article, Tower Health will close five other centers it currently operates in North Wales, Parkesburg, Levittown, Northeast Philadelphia, and Thorndale. Saturday is their last business day under the non-profit healthcare system’s ownership, the story stated.
In a message to The Journal, the non-profit claimed its decision, “while difficult, is an important step forward in our journey to right-size Tower Health.” It also owns Pottstown and Phoenixville hospitals.
American Family Care, based in Alabama and started in 1982, said it currently operates more than 200 urgent care facilities across 26 states.
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