Life-saving heart surgery at Philadelphia Hospital was temporarily suspended on Friday after the hospital filed a motion in court, citing its inability to pay its bills and it sought a postponement of a hearing planned for Wednesday.

The hospital is seeking a continuance of the hearing that will allow it to seek bankruptcy protection to shed its current creditors. According to court documents, the hospital is currently facing a “superdome crisis,” as General Hospital is burdened with its debt from purchases of hospitals in the 1990s that have failed to turn a profit. Meanwhile, its two chief executives, Dr. Jonathan M. Hoffman and William C. Duffy, have been pushed aside in recent weeks, the result of a struggle between the hospital’s debt-heavy founder, Robert Ambrose, and administrators.

According to the AP, the hospital had just four employees working on Friday. Patients hoping to receive heart surgery, spinal surgery, and spinal surgeries will have to head to either Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Jefferson University Hospital at Jefferson University, Temple University Hospital, or The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

“We are studying every option available to us, including the possibility of bankruptcy, and hope to close the gaps as soon as possible so we can once again provide the outstanding level of care our patients deserve,” the hospital’s board said in a statement.

Read the full story at The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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