Speak out on Hahnemann! Will you write a Letter to the Editor into Philly newspapers?
Hahnemann is one of Philadelphia’s oldest hospitals and sees over 50,000 patients every year. Hahnemann’s patient population is largely poor Philadelphians. More than any other, this is the hospital that serves people on Medicaid, the uninsured, patients of color and homeless Philadelphians. It was bought by a group called Paladin Healthcare, a California corporation owned by a hedge fund that buys up hospitals across the country to close them to profit off the real estate.
Since Paladin announced that they were going to be closing this hospital, unions, medical students and community groups, including PPF-PA and our PA Poor Peoples’ Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival partners have been taking action to raise our voices against it. Check out news coverage and photos from the Philadelphia Healthcare Rights Committee (HRC) action during the July Base-Building Exchange here.
The Philadelphia HRC is asking for PPF-PA members and friends from across the state to flood Philadelphia area newspapers, connecting the immoral closure of Hahnemann to the statewide fight for healthcare as a human right. Letters should be 150 words or less. Members did this from across the state for the closing of St. Joseph’s in Lancaster, will you write a Letter to the Editor (LTE) for Hahnemann?
Here are some guiding questions to get you thinking about your LTE:
- Why do you care that Hahnemann is closing?
- Why is this IMMORAL?
- Who does this hit the hardest?
- What else like this is happening around the state?
- Have you waited in an overcrowded waiting/emergency room?
- What does it say about our city/state/society’s priorities?
- Who benefits from this closure?
- How will this closing affect your loved ones?
- What direction is healthcare headed?
If you’re thinking about writing one or once you have a draft, reach out to Iaan for support, edits and submission: email firstname.lastname@example.org.