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Aria Health boss talks about expansion of Frankford hospital

In an article last week by Northeast Times writer William Kenny, Aria Health CEO Kathleen Kinslow talked about expanding Frankford’s emergency room.  “The intention is for us to grow the Bucks campus and the Frankford campus. The objective for any hospital is to fill the beds,” said Kinslow, who described occupancy rates as “fine,” adding, “Would I like to see them a little more robust? Yes.”

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The Old Old Frankford Hospital

I’m not sure if this is the original Frankford Hospital but it might be because it looks like it was a house first.  At the corner of Frankford and Wakeling.

The information in this post was compiled with the help of Debbie Klak, current member and former president of the Historical Society of Frankford.  Sources include the archives of the historical society and her recollections.

HSF collects, preserves and presents the history of Northeast Philadelphia and the region. Recognizing the neighborhood of Frankford as the historic and geographic gateway to the region, HSF documents and interprets the history of the people, places, events and traditions of the greater Northeast Philadelphia area and serves as an advocate for the preservation of the region’s historic resources. Through its collections and programs HSF provides opportunities for its members, the surrounding community, and the general public to explore and appreciate the history of Northeast Philadelphia and its place in the world. Check out other posts in our series here.

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Frankford Health Care now Aria Health

Frankford HospitalIn what has surely been a long time coming, the Philadelphia Business Journal is reporting that Frankford Health Care Systems is changing it’s name to Aria Health.  They think the name “better reflects its dedication to providing the best clinical outcomes and personal experience in the greater Northeast Philadelphia and Bucks County region”.

You know, it is what is.  It’s fairly obvious the Frankford Hospital brand conjures thoughts of economic decline, especially to patients from Northeast Philly so you really can’t blame them.  But it just leaves me nostalgic for my own childhood.  My pediatrician had his offices on Oxford Ave.  The ear, nose and throat specialist who put my tubes in had his offices in Frankford too.  And they all worked out of our local Frankford hospital.

It really speaks to Frankford’s place in the Northeast.  Doctors offices once dotted the landscape.  But the times change, the Torresdale facility opened and stole all of the obstetrics away.  And the rest of the doctors went with them.  The same thing happened with Frankford(the neighborhood)’s residents.  They all went further and further into the Northeast.

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Jefferson, Frankford hospitals finalize deal

From the Philadelphia Business Journal:

Jefferson Health System and Frankford Hospitals finalized their previously announced realignment agreement Wednesday.

While Frankford — which operates hospitals in the Torresdale and Frankford sections of Philadelphia and a third in Falls, Bucks County — is not longer part of the Jefferson group, it will remain closely affiliated with the health-care system.

Frankford is pursuing plans to build a new Bucks County hospital in Lower Makefield to replace its existing medical center across from the Oxford Valley Mall.

The realignment agreement required Frankford to pay the Jefferson Health $67 million for its portion of the system’s overall bond debt.

Jefferson Health is now comprised of six acute-care and two rehab hospitals operated by Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Main Line Health, and Magee Rehabilitation Hospital.

Frankford’s departure followed a similar move by the Philadelphia-based Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, which left the Jefferson system in September.