Lancaster General Health will become a member of the University of Pennsylvania Health System as of Aug. 1.
The integration, which was reviewed by state and federal regulatory agencies, will unite a prominent local health system with one of the top academic medical centers in the country. Both health systems are ranked in the top five in Pennsylvania, according to U.S. News & World Report.
The move comes amid a flurry of consolidation in health care.
“Joining the University of Pennsylvania Health System strengthens our region’s access to cost-effective, high-quality care, will improve our communities’ health and well-being, and will strengthen our complementary teaching and research missions,” said Thomas E. Beeman, president and CEO of LGH. “An acclaimed partner such as Penn Medicine is essential to transform health care during a time of unprecedented change in our industry.”
LGH will continue to be governed by a board of trustees made up of 14 volunteer business and community members, including the CEO. But Penn Medicine will select two of the 14 board members, while three LGH directors will join Penn Medicine’s board of trustees. LGH will also have representation on Penn Medicine’s executive committee.
The LGH board will continue to oversee its own community benefit efforts, including charity-care policies, community health programs and initiatives to improve the health of at-risk populations.
“Lancaster General Health is an exceptional organization, providing the highest levels of care for patients and a leader in population health management,” said Ralph W. Muller, CEO, University of Pennsylvania Health System. “Uniting with LG Health offers powerful opportunities to connect medical teams and experts to improve care for all patients we serve and find solutions to health care delivery challenges ahead.”