Specialists in retailing, finance and commercial law are the three newest members of the board of directors of Tower Health, which owns Pottstown and Phoenixville hospitals.
The nonprofit Reading-based healthcare provider has eased visitor restrictions at Pottstown and Phoenixville hospitals, and elsewhere as coronavirus cases are "diminishing," it said.
As part of its overall "workforce reduction," Tower said the Pottstown Hospital maternity unit will close, as will two physicians' practices in Royersford. No service or employee changes were identified at Phoenixville Hospital.
Luke Skywalker, meet the coronavirus. Tower Health hospitals including those in Pottstown and Phoenixville are using machines wielding something like a lightsaber to disinfect rooms and kill COVID-19.
Tower Health will take several weeks to implement a "phased roll-out" of plans to more fully re-open its many facilities, including Pottstown and Phoenixville hospitals, as coronavirus numbers trend down.
Data from Pottstown and Phoenixville hospitals will be supplied to the world-recognized Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for its research into using "convalescent plasma" to treat severely ill COVID-19 victims.
Citing higher coronavirus-related expenses and a substantial drop in revenues, Tower Health said Tuesday it would begin temporary layoffs that would equal 1,000 full-time employees.
Tower Health on Thursday said it was introducing a virtual health care platform to offer medical advice and assistance for patients online, in an app, or over the phone.