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Indiana Regional Medical Center and Punxsutawney Area Hospital Formalize Collaboration Under One Governing Board of Directors Called the Pennsylvania Mountains Health Care Network

Hospital news | Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Contact: Mark Richards

INDIANA, PA –Indiana Regional Medical Center (IRMC) and Punxsutawney Area Hospital (PAH) have enhanced their relationship with their parent company, Pennsylvania Mountains Health Care Network (PMCN) to create an even more fully integrated health care system, effective November 1, 2020, and following a year of planning.

This helps to preserve, enhance and provide quality of healthcare for patients in the multi-county service area for both hospitals and will create some synergies of scale and sustainability for two well-run organizations. The same individuals will now sit on the boards of PMCN, IRMC and PAH and a combined executive management team will represent the common interests of these rural communities for the long-term.

Both hospitals will retain their local identities and will operate as two separate nonprofit corporations operating two separately -licensed community hospitals. While there will be some sharing of human resources for the benefit of respective patient communities, each hospital will retain its existing medical and nursing staffs, employees, volunteers and community connections. IRMC CEO Stephen Wolfe will also serve as the President and CEO of PMCN, with PAH Chief Executive officer Daniel Blough continuing to serve in that capacity at PAH

PMCN was formed in 2015 as the parent company of IRMC and PAH as well as Clarion Hospital as the three facilities explored opportunities to more closely integrate in an increasingly challenging health care marketplace. Since then, Clarion Hospital became part of the Butler Health System to further capitalize on numerous clinical affiliations in existence between those hospitals.

“We believe this collaboration will help to sustain a high level of patient care residents already receive in Indiana and Jefferson counties,” said Mr. Wolfe. “We are excited to cement our relationship with PAH with whom who we have enjoyed a twenty-year relationship. This closely aligned affiliation will ensure our collective institutional viability and relevance in today’s competitive health care market.”

Mr. Blough commented: “Our knowledge and familiarity with each other’s capabilities and resources has enabled both hospitals to further strengthen our connection, particularly as the Covid 19 pandemic unfolded in 2020. Together, we adapted to new ways of providing safe, effective and efficient care such as telemedicine applications, sharing of resources and in some cases “novel work from home” strategies all of which confirmed the benefits for the common good at both campuses.”

One clinical example of collaboration among both hospitals included IRMC’s relationship with the world renowned UPMC Hillman Cancer Center that now operates at both hospitals. Both hospitals also acknowledged the excellent stewardship of their community elected Board of Directors and medical leadership teams who never lost sight of the common mission to combine shared values and resources for all patients under one larger organization.

For more information on PAH and IRMC please visit: www.pah.org and www.irmc.org.