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Preparing for the Papal Visit

Thursday, Sep 10, 2015

Doylestown Health is always prepared to meet your healthcare needs. The papal visit to Philadelphia in September is no exception.

Hospitals never close. They are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. During that time – and at any time – hospitals are prepared for all sorts of special circumstances and emergencies. It’s part of our mission.

The region and its hospitals are ready for the papal visit in late September. While most of the activity centers in downtown Philadelphia, Doylestown Hospital is planning for business as usual but prepared to handle special circumstances should they arise.

The region’s hospitals have a history of collaboration and work together to plan for emergencies. While much of the media attention is focused on hospitals in Philadelphia, suburban hospitals continue to be part of the planning process.

Papal appearances include New York and Washington, D.C. before the Philly visit, which is planning to host the largest public events. While in Philadelphia, Pope Francis will deliver a speech at Independence Hall and attend the Festival of Families on Saturday (Sept. 26), and celebrate Mass on Sunday (Sept. 27) on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

The impact of the pope’s visit may be similar to those experienced during a snowstorm – possible traffic delays, travel restrictions or regional road closures. Doylestown Hospital is in communication with Bucks County and its emergency preparedness experts. Transportation to and from Doylestown Hospital, via ambulance or helicopter, will not be affected.

While we’re not expecting snow for the papal visit, we will be ready as always for emergencies.

In the meantime, Doylestown Health extends our best wishes to Pope Francis and those who so eagerly await his visit.

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