Berks Cardiologists Ltd. in Berks County is planning to join Penn State Health Medical Group this summer, according to Penn State Health.
The Penn State Health board of directors voted last week to approve the agreement, the terms of which were not disclosed.
The agreement between the two organizations, which could take effect as early as Aug. 1, means that 112 Berks Cardiologists employees, including 14 physicians, will become Penn State Health employees.
Berks Cardiologists has been in practice for over 45 years and has additional locations in Wyomissing and Pottsville.
Penn State Health Medical Group, which includes all physicians and providers in Penn State Health involved in clinical care, has over 1,200 providers. It has cardiologists at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Derry Township and at clinical sites in Harrisburg, Camp Hill and State College.
“We look forward to gaining the advantages of being part of a health system that is anchored by a university-based teaching and research hospital, as we believe it will only enhance our ability to remain at the forefront of cardiovascular care in this region of Pennsylvania,” Dr. Louis Borgatta, a cardiologist at Berks Cardiologists, said in a statement.
Penn State Health will provide support for clinical trials offered through Berks Cardiologists, according to the release.
Berks Cardiologists has many clinical trials underway including drug trials, device trials, interventional coronary trials and carotid trials, said Barbara Schindo, a spokeswoman for Penn State Health.
Representatives from Berks Cardiologists were not immediately available for comment.
All physicians affiliated with Berks Cardiologists are also staff cardiologists at Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center in Bern Township, Berks County.
“We’re excited to build on the longstanding relationship among Berks Cardiologists and St. Joseph’s,” Dr. Christopher Newman, chief medical officer and vice president of medical affairs at Penn State Health St. Joseph, said in a statement.