CHESTER >> Crozer-Keystone Health System officials confirmed that Community Hospital is for sale.

“Community Hospital in Chester is for sale and has been on the market for several months,” Andrew Bastin, Crozer-Keystone assistant vice president of marketing and corporate communications, said of the 308,000 square feet facility at 2600 West Ninth Street.

“Crozer-Keystone Health System has been preparing for the sale of Community for several years and has been actively transitioning services out of the facility for the past three years,” he said.

The facility offers a full range of outpatient behavioral health services, including mental health and substance abuse services. It has not provided acute care since the early 1990s.

“We are actually transitioning all of the services to the Crozer-Chester campus,” Bastin said. “It’s going to let us provide a more complete continuum of care.”

He added that the 200 employees who work at Community will be transferred to the Crozer-Chester Medical Center campus as part of the transition.

“Within the next six months, all services currently offered at Community will be transferred to the North Campus facility at Crozer-Chester Medical Center,” Bastin said. “By co-locating Community’s behavioral health services on the Crozer-Chester campus, we are providing our patients with direct access to a complete continuum of services in an improved facility.”

There are other behavioral services already at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Bastin said they include inpatient and outpatient psychiatric treatment; a crisis center that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week; and the 52-bed First Steps Treatment Center, an inpatient detox and residential rehabilitation unit that opened earlier this year.

Community was founded as Sacred Heart Hospital in 1953 and became Community Hospital when it joined the Crozer-Keystone Health System in 1992.

According to, Sacred Heart was founded after the Rev. Augustine L. Ganster wanted to provide a Catholic hospital within his parish boundaries. So, he purchased Judge Thomas J. Clayton’s mansion at Ninth and Wilson streets in 1920.

In 1935, the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart began their operations there as an institution for visiting nurses but it was only open for 18 months because of the small number of sisters who were medically trained.

Seventeen years later, the Bernardine Sisters of St. Francis obtained the property and began to transfer it into a 25-bed maternity hospital with the porch set aside for overnight care for accident patients, according to the website.

Over time, the nuns recognized the need for more comprehensive care for that end of the city and eventually, a 203 bed general hospital was built in place of the original mansion.

By 1983, a new wing had been built onto the facility, which had been renamed the Sacred Heart Medical Center. It had 240 beds, a medical/dental staff of 300 and an overall staff of 975.

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