Area Hospital Affiliates with Harrisburg Health System

Published 03/13 2014 04:37PM

Updated 03/13 2014 04:42PM

HUNTINGDON, HUNTINGDON COUNTY - A local hospital takes a further step toward affiliating with a large medical system. The boards of directors of J.C. Blair Health System and PinnacleHealth System announced Thursday that their boards have approved a memorandum of understanding. 

The first phase will focus on clinical support, group purchasing, and physician recruitment. The health systems say J.C. Blair will continue to operate as an independent hospital, and its local board of directors will remain in place.

The two health systems recently announced a telemedicine partnership to  bring specialty services, such as neurology, infectious disease, wound care and stroke care to Huntingdon County. 

PinnacleHealth is headquartered in Harrisburg.

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