Delaware County, Prospect Crozer settle pending litigation over behavioral health services

MEDIA — Delaware County officials and Prospect Crozer representatives have reached a mutually amicable agreement to settle pending litigation regarding the provision of behavioral health services in Delaware County.

Judge Kelly D. Eckel of the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas approved the agreement on Wednesday. The two parties issued a joint statement late Thursday afternoon announcing the deal.

Per the agreement, Prospect Crozer has agreed to discontinue any plans to pursue closures of behavioral health facilities, including those located at Crozer-Chester Medical Center and the Crozer-Chester Medical Center Community Campus and agrees to provide uninterrupted service to patients, the joint statement says.

The Delaware County petition regarding the proposed closings has been withdrawn, and the hearing that was scheduled for Aug. 22 has been dismissed and removed from the court’s calendar.

Nurses, technical specialists, professionals, and paramedics who work within the Crozer Health system staged an informational picket to protest service closures by Crozer Health and their parent company Prospect Medical Holdings which they say are callous and disregard patients and families in Delaware County. (MediaNews Group File Photo)
Nurses, technical specialists, professionals, and paramedics who work within the Crozer Health system staged an informational picket in May to protest service closures by Crozer Health and its parent company Prospect Medical Holdings which they say are callous and disregard patients and families in Delaware County. (MediaNews Group File Photo)

“We’re very pleased to reach an agreement with Crozer Health, and we want to thank our Chief of Human Services and Community Support, Sandy Garrison, and our Solicitor’s Office, under the direction of William Martin, for reaching this agreement with Crozer Health,” said Delaware County Council Chairwoman Dr. Monica Taylor. “This will ensure that critical behavioral health services will be provided uninterrupted and that our residents will continue to have access to the high-quality care that Crozer Health has provided to Delaware County for years.”

“Our leadership team maintained consistent contact with Delaware County Council, and we’re pleased that we could achieve a fair resolution and maintain vital services for our patients,” said Crozer Health CEO Anthony Esposito.

Per the agreement, in the event that any issues or special circumstances temporarily require individuals to be relocated or diverted to other locations within the Crozer Health network, timely notice is to be provided by Prospect Crozer to the County prior to such a temporary relocation.

The agreement also confirms Prospect Crozer’s compliance with the county’s recently passed ordinance, which requires notice of a planned sale of a hospital or the closure of a hospital, or specified departments, including a behavioral health unit.

Anthony Esposito

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Anthony Esposito

The county will continue to work to expand behavioral health and mental health providers to offer residents a greater depth of resources. Under the direction of the County Council, the county is pursuing all options to ensure that residents have the care they need.

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