Geisinger and Jersey Shore Hospital and Foundation announced today the signing of an agreement, upon regulatory approval, to integrate Jersey Shore Hospital and Foundation into Geisinger. The regulatory review is expected to take a few months to complete.
"In today's challenging healthcare environment, it is extremely difficult for small, independent facilities to thrive without becoming part of a larger organization," said Jersey Shore Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer David A. Shannon. "That we could do so for so long is due in large part to the hard work and dedication of our employees and medical staff. Now, with Geisinger, we believe we have a larger health system that shares our commitment to putting patients first and ensuring local access to quality care."
"Everything we do is about caring, and we have a long history of caring for patients in north-central Pennsylvania," said Geisinger President and Chief Executive Officer David Feinberg, M.D., MBA. "Integrating Jersey Shore Hospital into our organization is part of our strategic growth plan to expand our long-standing commitment to patients and communities in this region."
In addition to the Jersey Shore planned integration, earlier this month Geisinger announced the signing of a letter of intent with Highmark to create a clinical joint venture to provide high-value, high-quality community-based care and greater patient choice for health consumers and businesses in north central Pennsylvania.
Designated as a Critical Access Hospital by the State of Pennsylvania and the Medicare program, Jersey Shore Hospital provides inpatient acute, emergency, outpatient and sub-acute care. For the past three years, the hospital has made bariatric and vascular clinic services available on the local level. Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health recognized Jersey Shore Hospital for excellence in patient satisfaction and outcomes.
"Our goal is to achieve financial security and sustainability, preserve local jobs, and build a strong base of engaged medical providers while maintaining our community and patient-centered focus," said Sean Simcox, Jersey Shore Hospital Board Chair. "We are pleased to move forward with Geisinger to preserve and enhance health care in our community."
"We have done well with integrating small community hospitals in Bloomsburg, Shamokin, and Lewistown into the Geisinger family, and we are excited about this opportunity to work together to enhance care, expand population health, provide value, and promote healthy communities in the Jersey Shore area through this planned integration," said Geisinger Central Hub Chief Administrative Officer Thomas Sokola.
Geisinger has operated physician offices in Clinton county since 1986 and Lycoming County since 1994.