Two Penn­syl­va­nia sys­tems reach merger agree­ment

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Kather­ine Davis

Po­cono Health Sys­tem, East Strouds­burg, Pa., and Le­high Val­ley Health Net­work, based in Al­len­town, Pa., an­nounced last week that they have signed a merger agree­ment ex­pected to close in the first half of 2016. The sys­tems signed a let­ter of in­tent in May.

The merger will lead to the cre­ation of new fa­cil­i­ties, ser­vices and pro­grams, ac­cord­ing to a news release.

“It will bring con­tin­ued growth and ex­pan­sion in health­care ser­vices for (area) res­i­dents, pro­vid­ing them greater ac­cess to the high­est-qual­ity clin­i­cal care, the most so­phis­ti­cated tech­nol­ogy and ad­vanced health records sys­tems, and the largest and most ex­pe­ri­enced physi­cian net­work in the area,” Jeff Sny­der, pres­i­dent and CEO of Po­cono Health Sys­tem, said in the release.

Also, the merger agree­ment calls for

the two sys­tems to col­lab­o­rate on the cre­ation of a new hos­pi­tal in Tan­nersville, Po­cono Town­ship to be called Po­cono Med­i­cal Cen­ter West. The fa­cil­ity will in­clude am­bu­la­tory health cen­ters and clin­i­cal ser­vices, and will in­crease pa­tients’ ac­cess to pri­mary-care physi­cians and spe­cial­ists, ac­cord­ing to the sys­tems.

Po­cono and Le­high have col­lab­o­rated on other projects, like en­hanc­ing a trauma cen­ter, can­cer treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties and other ser­vices for a com­mu­nity safety pro­gram in Mon­roe County, which in­cludes Po­cono Town­ship.

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