Temple University Offers Liacouras Center as Hospital Space for Non COVID-19 Patients
Due to the recent influx of patients and high demand for hospital beds during the Coronavirus outbreak, many hospitals are being forced to turn patients away who have non-COVID-19 related problems. As there is a need for people to still have access to regular healthcare during this time, politicians in the city have been strategizing different ways to make temporary hospital spaces, and this is where Temple University comes in. The university recently joined with the City of Philadelphia to offer the Liacouras Center, known usually as an entertainment venue for sports/music, as a temporary hospital.
The announcement was made on Friday by Mayor Kenney, who also noted that Temple is additionally offering other on-campus facilities to house supplies and act as field hospital space if circumstances rose to that degree. City officials state that the goal is to treat around 250 patients after the space is put together.
Regarding the announcement, Temple University commented through their official Twitter account saying, “Temple is Philadelphia’s public university. This is our fight too.” The announcement is great news to the city as well as the medical community, as the owner of Hahnemann Hospital, Joel Freedman, refused to offer the space during this crucial and desperate time unless the City payed $1M per month.
Now more than ever, we are seeing great examples of our wonderful city coming together and supporting one another during this unprecedented time. #TempleProud