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Report: Good Samaritan Health System use drops

Utilization dropped in every service statistic but one listed in Good Samaritan Health System’s newly released 2013 community benefit report.

However, the Lebanon-based nonprofit reported that charitable and uncompensated care increased from the previous year, as did net hospital revenue and total community benefit.

Figures from the 2012 and 2013 reports are as follows:
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The report did not include any other financial data, but the following revenue and expense figures for health system affiliates are from Guidestar.org records for the latest available year, which ended June 30, 2012.
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According to the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, Good Samaritan Hospital had an operating margin of -1.4 percent that year and a total margin of -6.2 percent.

After announcing last year that it was seeking a strategic alliance to better position it for the rapidly changing health care landscape, GSHS last month named York-based WellSpan Health as that prospective partner. The organizations are now doing due diligence, with the next steps being the development of a final agreement and a regulatory review period, which they say may conclude as early as the end of 2014.

WellSpan is much larger than GSHS, but WellSpan President and CEO Dr. Kevin H. Mosser stressed during the announcement that the proposed relationship would not be “a one-way street.”

“Good Samaritan brings to WellSpan some really, really important skills and intellectual capacity,” Mosser said. “A simple example, it brings us a much better understanding of the durable medical equipment space and, probably most importantly, the work that Good Samaritan has done on the experience of patients in their facility, which was very impressive to us.”

Heather Stauffer

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