Almost immediately upon announcing their intentions to merge, physicians, patients and residents voiced their displeasure regarding Abington’s announcement that it would honor Holy Redeemer’s religious tenants and cease all abortion services including those involving the safety of the mother.
As recently as Wednesday morning, Abington physicians were disavowing a potential plan by AMH administration to move abortion services to an outpatient facility off of Abington’s property. OB/GYN’s explained that the safety of patients and physicians may be adversely affected by protesters at an outpatient facility and reminded administrators that such procedures are more safely performed in a hospital.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the hospitals issued a joint statement announcing the end of their merger talks:
“Abington Health and Holy Redeemer Health System have decided to end discussions regarding a potential partnership to create a larger health system. Together we had a bold vision that we believe would have served our community well. While we are disappointed, we believe this decision is in the best interest of both organizations. Abington Health and Holy Redeemer Health System will continue to seek opportunities to enhance the health of the communities we serve.”
More information will follow. Earlier news is available here.