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With WPAHS deal done, Highmark announces creation of integrated delivery system

- Last modified: April 29, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Its acquisition of West Penn Allegheny Health System finally approved, Highmark Inc. has announced the creation of a new integrated delivery care system called Allegheny Health Network.

According to a news release, WPAHS will serve as a key component of Allegheny Health Network.

Allegheny Health Network also includes Jefferson Regional Medical Center, which joined the network on March 1, Premier Medical Associates and other group practices, scores of physicians, a medical group purchasing organization, a physicians’ administrative organization, ambulatory surgical centers and a medical mall. Saint Vincent Health System in Erie, upon receipt of approval for its affiliation from the Erie County Orphans’ Court, will also become part of Allegheny Health.

“Allegheny Health Network is focused on preserving health care choice for all consumers and patients in our region,” said Dr. William Winkenwerder Jr., Highmark’s president and CEO. “We thank the entire community, business leaders and elected officials for their tremendous support throughout the regulatory review process.”

Highmark said Allegheny Health Network further complements its growing enterprise as a national diversified health and wellness company that provides health services and care to one out of every 10 Americans. In addition to the new network, Highmark’s enterprise includes Highmark Health Services — an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association doing business in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Delaware — and United Concordia Companies, Visionworks, and Davis Vision and HM Insurance Group, diversified health businesses that serve group customer and individual health needs across the United States in dental, vision and supplemental health products.

“The physicians, health professionals and employees at our health system are very excited about today’s positive news regarding our affiliation with a national company like Highmark,” said Dr. Tony Farah, WPAHS chief medical officer. “We believe this partnership is terrific for us. Our goal is to work collaboratively to transform health care in western Pennsylvania by improving the quality of care and making it more affordable.”

“Our new health system has a strong future ahead of it with collaboration, teamwork and the patient at the center of all decisions,” said John Paul, newly named president and CEO of Allegheny Health Network. “This new integrated delivery network will create more health care choice and a greater focus on individual wellness and disease prevention — all of which will provide immediate and longer-term benefits to our patients and customers.”

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