Ophthalmology practice has 4 weeks to shut down ahead of hospital closure

Nearly 40 percent of Drexel University's physicians and clinical staff will lose their jobs due to the planned closure of Philadelphia-based Hahnemann University Hospital, according to The Philadelphia Tribune.

Three things to know:

1. The Philadelphia-based university's ophthalmology clinical practice is set to close by Aug. 23.

2. The closure will affect Walter Harris, MD, head of Drexel's ophthalmology department, along with the department's five ophthalmologists, two optometrists and nine residents.

3. The department has just four weeks to cease operations, compared to the six months other departments were given. Dr. Harris said the abrupt timing could leave patients in the lurch, even though they'll be notified about the pending closure.

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