New Jersey hospital shifts to freestanding ER after Trinity, Capital Health transaction closes


St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, N.J., on Dec. 21 transitioned to a freestanding emergency room that offers various outpatient services after Capital Health acquired the hospital from Trinity Health, according to PBS affiliate WHYY.

The campus, renamed Capital Health – East Trenton, must feature a primary family health clinic and a women’s OB/GYN clinic, according to terms of the transaction. 

Other services, such as cardiac surgery, are moving to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, where “extensive capital projects” are being planned, the health system said in a Dec. 8 news release. 

A St. Francis spokesperson told the news outlet that the hospital had been financially struggling for years. 

“St. Francis has done many great things for the Trenton community, but the current healthcare landscape has made it unsustainable,” Capital Health President and CEO Al Maghazehe said. “Without these key approvals, Trenton would have lost desperately needed healthcare services, including emergency services, behavioral health and cardiac surgery.” 

Capital Health said it has taken “a significant risk” to try and prevent a healthcare crisis for Trenton’s 90,000 residents, according to the report.

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