WellSpan, Good Samaritan make affiliation official

After almost a year-and-a-half of work since WellSpan Health of York County and Lebanon-based Good Samaritan Health System announced they were exploring it, the two health systems announced they have completed their affiliation effective Wednesday.

Good Samaritan officially will become part of WellSpan, with Good Samaritan Hospital as WellSpan’s fifth hospital in the midstate.

The hospital will continue to be run by a local board of directors, which will have a formal relationship with WellSpan’s board of directors. The hospital board will include members of the community and representatives from WellSpan.

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The hospital — like WellSpan’s other hospitals, including WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital and WellSpan York Hospital — will operate under separate licenses and medical staffs.

Good Samaritan said in 2013 it intended to find a partner, and WellSpan jumped to the forefront. The two sides announced they would explore an affiliation starting in February 2014, then signed a definitive agreement to affiliate in December.

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Robert J. Longo, president and CEO of Good Samaritan Health System, will remain president of the hospital and will be on WellSpan’s senior management team as a senior vice president.

Good Samaritan Hospital, a 170-bed facility, is the only community hospital in Lebanon County.

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