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Prime Healthcare Marks Five-Year Anniversary of Suburban Community Hospital Purchase and hospital’s 75 Years of Service to the Community

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Prime Healthcare Marks Five-Year Anniversary of Suburban Community Hospital Purchase and hospital’s 75 Years of Service to the Community



Michelle Aliprantis, MBA

Regional Director of Business Development, Marketing and Communications


Prime Healthcare Marks Five-Year Anniversary of Suburban Community Hospital Purchase and hospital’s 75 Years of Service to the Community

East Norriton, PA - (May 17, 2021)­Suburban Community Hospital recently commemorated over 75 years of providing quality medical care in the community and the five-year anniversary of Prime Healthcare Services’ purchase of the hospital.

In 2016, Prime Healthcare completed its acquisition of Suburban Community Hospital, formally known as Mercy Suburban Hospital. The hospital retained its not-for-profit status as a member of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, an affiliate of Prime Healthcare Services.

“Over the course of its history, Suburban Community Hospital has served a growing community with more complex health care needs,” said Dorothy Patzek, chief operations officer of Suburban Community Hospital. “The era of people traveling outside of Montgomery County to receive their health care has transitioned to more and more people, both within our local community and from a distance, now turning to Suburban Community Hospital for the excellent care that we provide.”

As a testament to its commitment to excellence, Suburban Community Hospital recently earned Healthgrades 2021 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM being named in the top 5% in the nation focused on health care quality and safety.

In 2020, the hospital was awarded the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus with Honor Roll Elite Plus Award, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With the Guidelines Heart Failure Gold Plus Award, Healthgrades Five-Star Recipient for Appendectomy, Healthgrades Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Hip Fracture two consecutive years, and Healthgrades Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis, also for two consecutive years. In addition, Suburban Community Hospital is one of six hospitals in Pennsylvania who have been recognized with the Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA).

“Our achievements are reflected in our commitment to providing quality care and to enhancing our patients’ overall experience,” Patzek added. “That commitment has sustained our medical center for the past 76 years, and it will carry us forward in the years ahead.”

During the five-year anniversary event held May 13 in the hospital’s administrative suites, Suburban Community Hospital CEO Michael Motte, who joined the hospital six months ago, thanked the employees for their support over the years, some of whom have worked at the hospital for more than 40 years.

"This is truly a special day. Seventy-five years is a long time and shows resilience and a sustainability during some tough times,” Motte said. “Health care has many challenges, but this hospital has done a phenomenal job with braving the tides. I could not be more humbled to serve such an incredible organization and be part of the hospital’s legacy. It’s incredible.”

The event featured a photo collage that highlighted several members of the Suburban Community Hospital team and their experiences in the hospital, raffles, catered food, and a memory capsule for employees to write their fondest memories of working at the hospital.

The hospital was built in 1944 and originally named Riverview Hospital. In the mid-1940s and 1950s, the community grew, and Riverview Hospital's occupancy rate increased considerably. In 1958, ground was broken for an expansion wing that would provide additional patient rooms, a new dining room, an expanded emergency room, and a new elevator. By 1962, Riverview Hospital was operating as an 80-bed hospital with a professional staff of 47 physicians.

In early 1970, the groundbreaking was held for the East Norriton site. As the steel skeleton framework began to rise, a new name for the hospital was discussed. Sentiment for the old revered Riverview was on the minds of many, while a new hospital, new location and new name was also on their minds. After much discussion and debate, the name Suburban General Hospital was chosen. In 1972, the construction was completed and the ribbon-cutting was conducted. Suburban General Hospital opened its doors as a 153-bed, acute care, teaching hospital.

In 1981, the Suburban General Healthcare System was established. During the ensuing years multiple entities were established under the parent corporation.

To grow its capabilities even further, in February 2016, the hospital was acquired by Prime Healthcare, a nationally renowned health system consisting of more than 46 hospitals in 14 states, and dozens of affiliated groups and care facilities. As part of that transition, the hospital changed its name to Suburban Community Hospital to reflect its dedication to the community that it’s been a part of for more than 70 years.

The hospital is extremely proud to have trained hundreds of physicians throughout the years, many of whom continue to practice in the community and are on staff at Suburban Community Hospital.

“Our leaders, clinicians and employees are proud of how Montgomery County has embraced us over the years, as we have grown in response to the community’s needs,” Patzek said. “We look forward to the next 10 years – and beyond.”

About Suburban Community Hospital - Suburban Community Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute care hospital, and a member of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. For over 65 years, Suburban Community Hospital has been delivering quality healthcare to Montgomery County and the surrounding region. Suburban Community Hospital, originally named Riverview Hospital, opened in 1944. Chartered at 740 Sandy Street in Norristown, PA, Riverview Osteopathic Hospital would provide medical and surgical services to the sick, afflicted and injured, and would educate persons in the care and nursing. As part of Prime Healthcare Services, headquartered in Ontario, California, Suburban Community Hospital is focused on becoming one of the leaders in technology.

Prime Healthcare is an award-winning hospital management company operating 45 acute care hospitals in 14 states, including Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, Lower Bucks Hospital in Bucks County, and Suburban Community Hospital in Montgomery County.

About Prime Healthcare and Prime Healthcare Foundation: Prime Healthcare is an award-winning health system operating 45 hospitals and more than 300 outpatient locations in 14 states, providing over 2.6 million patient visits annually. It is one of the nation’s leading health systems with nearly 50,000 employees and physicians dedicated to providing the highest quality healthcare. Fifteen of the Prime Healthcare hospitals are members of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity. Based in Ontario, California, Prime Healthcare is nationally recognized for award-winning quality care and has been named a Top 10 and Top 15 Health System by IBM Watson Health. Its hospitals have been named among the nation’s “100 Top Hospitals” 58 times and have received more Patient Safety Excellence Awards from Healthgrades than any other health system in the past six years. To learn more, please visit