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J.C. Blair, PinnacleHealth take next step toward partnership

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Harrisburg-based PinnacleHealth System is one step closer to a formal partnership with J.C. Blair Health System in Huntingdon County.

In May, the health systems entered exclusive partnership negotiations, considering clinical affiliation and close corporate alignment that would offer expanded high-quality health care services in the Huntingdon region. Now, according to a news release, J.C. Blair has signed a nonbinding memorandum of understanding with PinnacleHealth.

Both health systems will now continue their due diligence while working toward the completion of a definitive agreement, according to PinnacleHealth, which did not specify a target closing date.

“Over the past several months, PinnacleHealth has consistently assured us that we share the same mission of bringing medical services to our patients in Huntingdon County, to provide the right care, at the right time, in the right place,” said Lisa Mallon, president and CEO of J.C. Blair. “Both organizations are committed to expanding the types of quality healthcare services that are available locally.”

“As PinnacleHealth continues to look to the future, our focus on patients seeking high quality care requires partnerships such as this to deliver the high-tech and high-touch care all communities deserve. Through a shared vision, PinnacleHealth and J.C. Blair combine a mutual promise and passion to help patients manage chronic illness and prevent disease,” said Michael A. Young, president & CEO of PinnacleHealth System.

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, and a foundation. The hospital celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2011.

PinnacleHealth System operates Harrisburg Hospital, Polyclinic Hospital, Community General Osteopathic Hospital, the Helen M. Simpson Rehabilitation Hospital and many outpatient centers.

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