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Somerset Hospital Announces Plan to Collaborate with the Conemaugh Health System
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Posted: 2013-10-10

Somerset Hospital’s Board of Directors has signed a letter of intent to develop a collaborative relationship with the Conemaugh Health System.

“We are excited with this prospective partnership,” says Scott Becker, Chief Executive Officer of the Conemaugh Health System. “Somerset Hospital is a fantastic healthcare organization with a long tradition of providing a high level of compassionate clinical care. With today’s challenging and changing healthcare environment, we feel this potential collaboration is very positive and important for our region.”

Under the proposed collaboration, Somerset Hospital will remain an independent community hospital. The collaboration will enable Somerset and Conemaugh to provide physician services in a way that puts the patient first, and is financially responsible.

“We are very happy to announce our intent to work together with the Conemaugh Health System, a regional healthcare leader. The trend toward hospitals working together rather than competing against one another is not going away,” says Ron Park, Somerset Hospital CEO. “The evolution of healthcare—and increasing market and regulatory pressures—are making collaboration necessary, particularly for community hospitals. Ultimately, the people of the region benefit when resources are used to expand rather than duplicate services. So, in the future you will see more collaboration of healthcare services in general, rather than less.”

Both the Somerset Hospital and Conemaugh Health System Board of Directors have approved a Letter of Intent with the hopes of having a definitive agreement in place by January 1, 2014.

Both Becker and Park agree that a collaborative relationship between Somerset Hospital and the Conemaugh Health System will improve continuity of care, while supporting long term development of affordable health care services for our region.

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About Conemaugh Health System
The Conemaugh Health System (CHS) is the largest healthcare provider in the state's west-central region, employing more than 4,600 employees in a five county region. The Health System includes Conemaugh Miners Medical Center in Northern Cambria County, Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center in southern Somerset County and the flagship Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, a tertiary teaching hospital located in Johnstown. Conemaugh Memorial is home to the highest level trauma center and neonatal intensive care unit. In addition several outpatient care centers, and a network of more than 100 physicians help serve nearly 500,000 outpatient customers each year. CHS is also committed to furthering medical education and is home to seven medical residency programs, a PharmD residency program, a nursing school, five allied health programs, and an accredited medical skills laboratory. The System's mission is Excellence. Every Patient. Every Time.

About Somerset Hospital
Somerset Hospital has been a leader in Western Pennsylvania’s healthcare landscape since 1921, employing over 850 healthcare professionals. Presently, Somerset Hospital offers 111 inpatient beds, a state of the art medical imaging department, laboratory backed by a full service reference lab, obstetrics, inpatient psychiatric services and a full complement of wellness and rehabilitation programs. The mission of Somerset Hospital is to preserve health and improve life by providing access to quality, customer friendly healthcare services. Somerset Hospital, Discover the Many Ways in Which We Care.

For More Information, Please Contact:
Amy Bradley, Director of Public Affairs
Phone: (814) 534-3121
Email: abradle@conemaugh.org