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Ephrata Community Hospital and WellSpan Health will affiliate on Oct. 1, 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013

Ephrata Community Hospital and WellSpan Health have finalized plans and intend to align the two health care organizations on Oct. 1, 2013, as a means to address changes in health care and improve the health of individuals and communities across Adams and York counties and parts of Lancaster County.

According to John M. Porter Jr., president and CEO of Ephrata Community Hospital, and Bruce M. Bartels, president of WellSpan Health, this step follows more than a year of due diligence by both community boards of directors and senior leaders as well as review governmental reviews.

Porter will remain president of Ephrata Community Hospital and will immediately join WellSpan’s senior management team as a senior vice president.

The first phase of WellSpan Health and Ephrata Community Hospital’s integration efforts will focus the staff and operations of select administrative support functions as well as health care services that are delivered in the physician office and home settings. These transitions will likely occur in the first 24 to 36 months.

Ephrata Community Hospital as well as WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, WellSpan York Hospital and the WellSpan Surgery & Rehabilitation Hospital will operate under separate licenses and medical staffs.  Ephrata Community Hospital has formed a philanthropic foundation, the Ephrata Community Health Foundation, which will cultivate local relationships and raise funds to address the health needs of Lancaster County communities.  Community-based philanthropic foundations also exist in York County and Adams County.

Discussions between the two organizations began in spring 2012 and have involved senior management and volunteer board leadership.

About Ephrata Community Hospital

Ephrata Community Hospital was formed in 1940 to serve the residents of Northern Lancaster County. Today, the organization has grown to provide care to patients from across Lancaster County and neighboring counties through Ephrata Community Hospital, 11 Outpatient Centers, the Ephrata Cancer Center and the 19 practices of the Northern Lancaster County Medical Group. The system also offers Ephrata Community Home Care and EME medical equipment. Website: www.ephratahospital.org

About WellSpan Health

WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of south central Pennsylvania.  By partnering with physicians and other health care organizations and through a vast array of inpatient, outpatient, home health and physician services, the organization seeks to make quality health care convenient for people, regardless of where they live across the region.  WellSpan is comprised of the WellSpan Medical Group, WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, WellSpan York Hospital, WellSpan VNA Home Care and the WellSpan Surgery & Rehabilitation Hospital.  The system is consistently recognized by SDI, a leading provider of information, technology and services for the health care industry, as one of the Top 100 Integrated Health Networks in the United States and has been recognized by Health Imaging and IT as one of the nation’s “Top 25 Connected Healthcare Facilities.”  Website:  www.wellspan.org

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