Penn State Hershey and PinnacleHealth have engaged Cain Brothers & Co. as the strategic adviser to guide their exploration of an expanded relationship between the two organizations.
In November, the two organizations announced they were discussing ways to broaden the existing collaboration between their health care systems.
“Cain Brothers offers us considerable experience in health care strategic partnership transactions and the ability to explore many different models for expanded collaboration between our two health care enterprises,” said Dr. Harold L. Paz, CEO of Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Health System, Penn State’s senior vice president for health affairs and dean of Penn State College of Medicine.
“Cain Brothers has worked on a variety of health care partnership structures and with a wide range of health care clients that include academic health centers, community hospitals, regional health systems and specialized care facilities.”
Founded in 1982, Cain Brothers is an investment banking firm that focuses exclusively on the health care industry. The firm’s clients include investor-owned and tax-exempt providers, insurers and payers, health care information technology and medical technology companies, and financial sponsors.
The firm says it will assist both organizations “in creating a mutually beneficial strategic plan.”
“We look forward to working with Cain Brothers and Penn State Hershey to build on our existing partnerships and find new opportunities to deliver more cost effective, high quality and accessible health care services to the region,” said Michael A. Young, president and CEO of PinnacleHealth. “As health care evolves in central Pennsylvania and across the nation, enhanced collaborations between hospitals and health systems can help to build programs and grow services through the coordination of resources and expertise.”
Currently, PinnacleHealth and Penn State Hershey collaborate in a number of ways. Both are joint venture partners in the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute and part owners of Horizon Healthcare Services, a home infusion agency. For more than 10 years, Penn State Hershey and PinnacleHealth have collaborated on education and training programs for medical students, residents and fellows. The two organizations signed an affiliation agreement in 2010 to further expand this academic partnership.
According to a news release, in the coming months Cain Brothers will work with leaders from both organizations to help them identify complementary strengths and potential barriers to collaboration, as well as potential models for working together.