Harrisburg-based nonprofit PinnacleHealth System announced this afternoon that it has entered exclusive partnership negotiations with Huntingdon-based J.C. Blair Health System.
According to a news release, the organizations are considering clinical affiliations and close corporate alignment to offer expanded high-quality health care services in the Huntingdon region. The agreement began on May 17.
“PinnacleHealth System is honored to be selected for these strategic partnership discussions,” said Michael A. Young, president and CEO of PinnacleHealth System. “We look forward to exploring the potential of such an arrangement with an outstanding hospital with a long history like J.C. Blair. We share the common mission of putting our patients’ needs first, which creates a strong foundation for our potential alignment.”
The J.C. Blair Health System consists of J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital, its medical services organization that provides primary and specialty care physicians, rehabilitation services through a joint venture with HealthSouth, as well as a foundation. The hospital celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2011.
PinnacleHealth System operates Harrisburg Hospital, Polyclinic Hospital, Community General Osteopathic Hospital and the Helen M. Simpson Rehabilitation Hospital, as well as many outpatient centers. “J.C. Blair has a rich history of providing healthcare to the Huntingdon County area for more than 100 years. These discussions illustrate our commitment to continuing that local care,” said Lisa Mallon, president and CEO of J.C. Blair Health System. “Our shared vision with PinnacleHealth to increase access to needed, integrated, quality healthcare creates a strong start to these negotiations. Both organizations would be pleased to expand the types of healthcare services that are available locally.”