The Philadelphia Inquirer and other media outlets covered the announcement of a new collaboration between Public Health Management Corp., Penn Medicine, Trinity Mid-Atlantic, and Independence Blue Cross to transform Mercy Philadelphia Hospital from an in-patient safety-net hospital into a public health campus to better serve its West Philadelphia neighbors.
The transformation will be community-focused and expand access to primary care and behavioral health services. The article notes that Independence will support efforts to fight hunger, promote health and wellness programs, and support the senior population in the neighborhood.
On the collaborative effort to reimagine how Mercy Philadelphia Hospital serves its community, Independence President and CEO Dan Hilferty said: “It’s a group of committed organizations, including Independence, that want to improve the quality of care in areas that traditionally have not had access to that level of care. It’s who we need to be as a community.”