ALTOONA – For nearly one year, Altoona Regional’s Board of Directors has been exploring an affiliation with a larger system that would offer opportunities to enhance and expand the care the health system provides while addressing the significant challenges and financial pressures in health care today.
During this process, several potential partners shared with the board their visions of the future of health care in Pennsylvania. Board members spent significant time evaluating how those visions fit with Altoona Regional’s own vision of being a world-class health care organization.
”We are interested in a relationship that will enable Altoona Regional to further enhance its quality of care and breadth of medical services,” said Jerry Murray, president and chief executive officer, “while gaining new access to capital and outstanding technology, science, innovation and expertise.”
As a result of this comprehensive process, the boards of directors of Altoona Regional and parent company Central Pennsylvania Health Services Corp. have decided to pursue more-detailed discussions with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), a world-class academic medical center.
”While no final decisions have been made, this is the next logical step in the affiliation process,” said Murray. “We will continue to work toward an affiliation that is in the best interests of the patients and communities we serve.”
About Altoona Regional
Altoona Regional is a non-profit community health care provider with a 380-bed acute-care hospital anchoring a system that includes a modern outpatient center, surgery center and more than 20 affiliated health care companies. Altoona Regional offers centers of excellence in cancer, heart, stroke, vascular and emergency care, as well as orthopedics, neurosciences, behavioral health, sleep medicine, wound care, and much more. Altoona Regional’s Trauma Center serves more than 20 counties in Central Pennsylvania. The mission of Altoona Regional Health System is for exceptional people to provide exceptional health care.
UPMC is a $10 billion global health enterprise with more than 55,000 employees headquartered in Pittsburgh and is transforming health care by integrating more than 20 hospitals, 400 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, a health insurance services division, and international and commercial services. Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC ranked No. 10 in the prestigious U.S. News & World Report annual Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals in 2012 – and No. 1 in Pennsylvania – with 15 adult specialty areas ranked for excellence. UPMC is redefining health care by using innovative science, technology, and medicine to invent new models of accountable, cost-efficient, and patient-centered care. For more information on how UPMC is taking medicine from where it is to where it needs to be, go to UPMC.com.