Kathleen Kinslow has taken over as President and CEO of the Aria Health System replacing Roy Powell after 14 years. In an interview in the Philadelphia Business Journal she seems to be signaling a change coming to the Frankford Campus.
Kinslow said Aria’s Torresdale campus will remain a full-service hospital where the system will look to build on its strengths in areas including cardiology and orthopedics. Its Frankford Campus, she said, has the challenge of providing care to a community where many suffer from chronic health conditions such as diabetes and congestive heart failure.
Aria, she said, needs to determine ways to provide care to these patients in their home so they don’t end up using the hospital emergency department as their primary-care doctor.
That’s an interesting idea. The Aria system is a for profit corporation and they can’t make money with all of the uninsured people coming to the ER for treatment. Makes sense to divert them to a lower cost delivery system if its possible. Every hospital in the country has this problem but in Frankford it is much greater because of the demographics. Aria has to make money in order to stay here and we do want them to stay. Lets see how this develops.
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