Monongahela Valley Hospital officially joined Penn Highlands Healthcare, effective Oct. 1, following recent regulatory reviews and approvals.
Now Penn Highlands Mon Valley, this 200-bed non-profit community hospital becomes the seventh hospital in the Penn Highlands Healthcare system and the first in southwestern Pennsylvania.
“We are excited to expand our services into Southwestern Pennsylvania,” said Steven M. Fontaine, chief executive officer of Penn Highlands Healthcare.
“Monongahela Valley Hospital has a reputation for providing high-quality health care. This partnership will enable the people in the region to continue receiving the care they depend on and provide them with access to more physicians in additional specialties through Penn Highlands Healthcare.”
After rigorous due diligence, research and discussion, the boards of directors of both Penn Highlands Healthcare and Monongahela Valley Hospital signed a Definitive Agreement in June that paved the way for the regulatory review and approval and ultimately this integration.
“It is a new era for health care in Washington County and the surrounding region,” said R. Carlyn Belzcyk, chairman of the Monongahela Valley Hospital Board of Trustees.
“We are extremely pleased that our health system is partnering with Penn Highlands Healthcare to maintain and expand our programs and services.
“I am confident that this new affiliation will also enable our health system to attract and retain high-quality physicians and staff.”
“Monongahela Valley Hospital’s affiliation with Penn Highlands Healthcare will allow us to enhance services, leverage PHH’s innovation and clinical expertise, advance quality initiatives and continue our long standing commitment to provide superior compassionate care to patients throughout this region,” said Louis J. Panza Jr., president and chief executive officer of MVH. “Monongahela Valley Hospital is proud to now be Penn Highlands Mon Valley.”
According to Robert Ordiway, chairman of the Penn Highlands Healthcare Board, the affiliation with Monongahela Valley Hospital will expand the geographic footprint of Penn Highlands Healthcare while strengthening the health system’s ability to recruit providers and further grow many of its specialty services.
“We are thrilled to strengthen our organization through the addition of Penn Highlands Mon Valley,” Ordiway said.
“This affiliation will promote further growth of our brand beyond central Pennsylvania. In addition, we look forward to demonstrating to the southwestern counties served by the health system the quality of the Penn Highlands brand.”