Start of new era

Five hos­pi­tals hold cel­e­bra­tions

The Phoenix - - FRONT PAGE - By Donna Rovins drovins@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Mer­cBiz on Twit­ter

“On be­half of PottstownHospi­tal I would like to be the first one to for­mally wel­come you to Tower Health — to a bold new be­gin­ning in health care.”

With those words from Pottstown Hos­pi­tal Pres­i­dent and CEO Rich Newell Mon­day, a new era for health care in Pottstown be­gan. Newell made his re­marks dur­ing a cer­e­mony at the hos­pi­tal that fea­tured the un­veil­ing of ban­ners and an em­ployee cel­e­bra­tion.

“Our ded­i­cated doc­tors and em­ploy­ees cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment of heal­ing, of car­ing, of con­nec­tion. We are a com­mu­nity hos­pi­tal that meets the needs of our unique com­mu­nity. That legacy will con­tinue. And with more strength than ever,” Newell added.

Pottstown Hos­pi­tal, along with four other area hos­pi­tals for­merly owned by Franklin, Tenn.-based Com­mu­nity Health Sys­tems Inc., have been ac­quired by the Read­ingHealth Sys­tem, which has been re­named Tower Health. Terms of the pur­chase have not been dis­closed.

The trans­ac­tion, which was an­nounced in­May, was fi­nal­ized on Fri­day, Sept. 29. As part of the tran­si­tion to the new health sys­tem, Pottstown Me­mo­rial Med­i­cal Cen­ter now goes by the name Pottstown Hos­pi­tal.

In ac­quir­ing Pottstown Hos­pi­tal, Jen­nersville Hos­pi­tal, Brandy­wine Hos­pi­tal, Phoenixville Hos­pi­tal and Chest­nut Hill Hos­pi­tal, the new Tower Health Sys­tem has more than 11,000 em­ploy­ees, in­clud­ing 2,000 doc­tors and providers of­fer­ing care at six com­mu­nity hos­pi­tals and 65 lo­ca­tions.

“To­day we’re all com­ing to­gether — boldly ris­ing to­gether to cre­ate an even more dy­namic, ex­pan­sive and na­tion­ally rec­og­nized health sys­tem. Pottstown has a long his­tory of pro­vid­ing high qual­ity com­pas­sion­ate care in our com­mu­nity. Res­i­dents in our area know that they can count on us for ex­cel­lent and ex­pe­ri­enced care,” Newell added.

PottstownHospi­tal’s sign at the cor­ner of High Street and Ar­mand Ham­mer Boule­vard has changed, and there is tem­po­rary sig­nage on the build­ing. In­side the hos­pi­tal lobby, ban­ners dis­play the Tower Health name and the tagline: “Ad­vanc­ing Health and Trans­form­ing Lives.” It’s a tagline that peo­ple will be see­ing a lot of

“Our ded­i­cated doc­tors and em­ploy­ees cre­ate anen­vi­ron­ment of heal­ing, of car­ing, of con­nec­tion. We are a com­mu­nity hos­pi­tal that meets the needs of our unique com­mu­nity. That legacy will con­tinue. And­with­more strength than ever.” — Rich Newell, pres­i­dent and CEO, Pottstown Hos­pi­tal

“on bill­boards, news­pa­pers, tele­vi­sion in your com­mu­ni­ties,” ac­cord­ing to Amit Powar, ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and CEO of Tower Health Med­i­cal Group.

“What an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity for all of us to con­sider how it would be to un­leash the col­lec­tive strength of this team. It is our great­est op­por­tu­nity for our pa­tients, for our com­mu­ni­ties for ad­vanc­ing health and trans­form­ing lives,” Powar said.

On hand for the event were hos­pi­tal em­ploy­ees, as well as busi­nesses and com­mu­nity mem­bers. Mon­day’s cel­e­bra­tion played out si­mul­ta­ne­ously across the six hos­pi­tals within the new Tower Health Sys­tem.

“This is an ex­cit­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion. Read­ing Health is highly re­garded in the med­i­cal com­mu­nity. Bring­ing all the hos­pi­tals to­gether will in­crease the re­sources avail­able to the com­mu­nity,” said Mont­gomery County Com­mis­sion­ers Chair­woman Val Arkoosh.

Also on hand rep­re­sent­ing Pottstown were Bor­ough Man­ager Mark Flan­ders and bor­ough coun­cil Pres­i­dent Dan We­and.

“There is rea­son to be en­thu­si­as­tic about this change — change is re­quired for progress to be made,” We­and said. “In my po­si­tion I am look­ing for the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate a win-win for Tower Health and the Pottstown com­mu­nity.”

Peggy Lee-Clark, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Pottstown In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Inc., said it’s ex­cit­ing hav­ing a healthcare sys­tem with ties to the tri-county area.

“I am look­ing for­ward to the pos­si­bil­i­ties. The big­gest op­por­tu­nity is the in­tro­duc­tion to others of all that we have and are about in Pottstown,” she said.

DONNA ROVINS — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

An em­ployee cel­e­bra­tion was part of Mon­day’s event at Pottstown Hos­pi­tal cel­e­brat­ing the hos­pi­tal be­com­ing part of the new Tower Health Sys­tem. Sim­i­lar cel­e­bra­tions took place at all six hos­pi­tals that are part of Tower Health.

DONNA ROVINS — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Amit Powar, ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and CEO of Tower Health Med­i­cal Group, right, speaks dur­ing a cel­e­bra­tion at Pottstown Hos­pi­tal Mon­day. Cel­e­bra­tions were held at the five area hos­pi­tals that on Fri­day be­came part of Tower Health. Pottstown Hos­pi­tal Pres­i­dent and CEO Rich Newell, left, also spoke.

DONNA ROVINS — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

A view of the new Pottstown Hos­pi­tal sign — in­stalled this week­end fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of the hos­pi­tal’s sale to Read­ing Health Sys­tem, now called Tower Health. Four other re­gional hos­pi­tals were part of the sale — in­clud­ing Phoenixville Hos­pi­tal, Brandy­wine Hos­pi­tal, Jen­nersville Hos­pi­tal and Chest­nut Hill Hos­pi­tal.

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