MONONGAHELA, Pa. (KDKA) — Monongahela Valley Hospital is merging with Penn Highlands Healthcare, a well being system based mostly in DuBois, Clearfield County.
The Board of Administrators for each entities introduced the merger Wednesday after signing an settlement to combine Mon Valley Hospital into the Penn Highlands Healthcare system.
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In an announcement, Chairman of Mon Valley Hospital Board of Trustees R. Carlyn Belczyk, stated, “Over the last 119 years, Monongahela Valley Hospital has been an important a part of our group. We would have liked to look at how we may remodel our well being system via scientific, technical and strategic innovation to ship tomorrow’s healthcare right this moment. The brand new affiliation with Penn Highlands Healthcare will assist us to proceed to offer the high-quality care that our sufferers count on whereas increasing our companies on the identical time.”
The 200-bed facility has stood alone within the Monongahela group since 1972. Nevertheless, in only a matter of months, it’s going to be part of Penn Highland and change into its seventh hospital within the well being care system.
“Being half of a bigger system will add the power to maintain applications we now have, broaden upon a few of them,” stated President and CEO of Mon Valley Hospital Louis Panza Jr.
Panza stated one plan is so as to add extra outpatient services within the surrounding communities, with a objective of attracting and retaining high-quality docs and medical employees.
“For sufferers, meaning comfort of companies. It’s nearer to their properties the place they dwell, making it simpler to entry these companies with out coming to 4 partitions of a hospital,” stated Panza.
That is one thing individuals in the neighborhood stated they want.
“They want extra outpatient services. It’s good for those who can’t come to the hospital to be nearer to the place they dwell,” stated Roscoe resident Kathy Viviani.
“Extra issues which might be nearer is simpler for individuals to get to as an alternative of looking for rides forwards and backwards for individuals who can’t drive, stated California resident Brandon Doerfler.
One of many fundamental the reason why Mon Valley’s CEO stated it went with Penn Highlands is because of its native really feel.
“They consider in rural well being care. They consider in group well being care and people are the identical hallmarks of Mon Valley Hospital,” stated Panza.
Panza desires to emphasize that this transition will likely be seamless. Sufferers can carry on utilizing the identical insurance coverage supplier, and the employees received’t change.
The merge is predicted to happen within the fall of 2021.