HUNTINGDON - A local hospital is now officially partners with a health system, based in Harrisburg. The Board of Directorsof JC Blair Health System approved the signing of a Strategic Affiliation and Support Agreement and Membership Agreement with PinnacleHealth, on Tuesday. It's been signed by the CEOs of both organizations and it took affect on Thursday May 1.
The agreements outline how the two will work together to develop clinical affiliations and a close corporate alignment.
“This long-awaited date of signing now allows us to move forward with the various support services we have already initiated with PinnacleHealth, such as our hospitalist program, telemedicine services, payroll system support, group purchasing, and physician recruitment,” said Lisa Mallon, JC Blair President and CEO.
She continued, "our most immediate strategic initiative includes recruiting physicians and investing in the capital items that are necessary to support these physicians, specifically surgical specialists.”
JC Blair and Pinnacle call the partnership a collaboration, not a merger.