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J.C. Blair and PinnacleHealth Sign Memorandum of Understanding

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Neurologyservice
3/11/2014
J.C. Blair Health System and PinnacleHealth System announced today that the governing boards of both organizations have approved a memorandum of understanding for affiliation. Discussions between the two health systems began in May 2013 to explore possible clinical affiliations and corporate alignment to offer expanded high-quality healthcare services in the
Huntingdon area.

The first phase of J.C. Blair and PinnacleHealth’s affiliation efforts will focus on clinical support, group purchasing and physician recruitment.  J.C. Blair will continue to operate as an independent acute care hospital, and its local Board of Directors remains in place.

“The careful evaluation of partnership options stemmed from each organization’s recognition of the importance of maintaining quality, healthcare service in our local communities,” said J.C. Blair President and CEO Lisa Mallon. “Both organizations evaluated a variety of options. We are pleased with the outcome of a clinical affiliation and the investment that PinnacleHealth has committed to make in our Huntingdon community.”
 
J.C. Blair and PinnacleHealth recently announced a telemedicine partnership to bring specialty services, such as neurology, infectious disease, wound care and stroke care to Huntingdon County. The goal of the telemedicine program is to get needed care, faster, 24 hours a day, seven days a week without transferring the patient to another hospital. 

“The telemedicine program is one example of our commitment to the Huntingdon community,” said Mike Young, president and CEO of PinnacleHealth. “Our goal from the beginning has been to explore ways we can work together to address changes in healthcare and improve the health of individuals and communities in the county. We believe under this affiliation agreement that PinnacleHealth will be able to support J.C. Blair in creating a strong foundation of clinical excellence and financial stability.”

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About PinnacleHealth System
PinnacleHealth is a pioneer not-for-profit healthcare system dedicated to improving the health and quality of life for the people of Central Pennsylvania since 1873. A proven leader in medical innovation, PinnacleHealth offers a wide range of services from primary care to the most complex surgeries and Magnet recognition for nursing excellence. The healthcare network includes four campuses (Community, West Shore, Harrisburg and Polyclinic). The West Shore Hospital will open in Hampden Township in 2014. The five-story hospital will include 108 beds with an emergency department, medical/surgical care, cardiology, orthopedics, chronic disease management, and private patient rooms. PinnacleHealth is part of RiverHealth ACO, an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). Medical services, including family practice, imaging, outpatient surgery and oncology are offered at multiple locations throughout the region. For a complete list of services, visit our website at www.pinnaclehealth.org
 
About J.C. Blair Health System:
J.C. Blair Health System is the healthcare leader in Huntingdon County, serving the community’s healthcare needs and striving to deliver the best outcome for every patient for over 100 years. The Health System includes J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital, a 100-bed, non-profit community hospital; J.C. Blair Medical Services which employs over 30 primary care and specialty physicians and nurse practitioners; J.C. Blair Rehabilitation Services; and J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital Foundation. For a complete list of services, visit our website at www.jcblair.org.