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Good Samaritan Health System officially joins WellSpan Health on July 1

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Relationship will enhance community-based system of care in Lebanon County

The Good Samaritan Health System and WellSpan Health announced today that they have completed their affiliation.

Effective July 1, Good Samaritan will officially become part of WellSpan Health – a regional nonprofit health care organization that will now support and enhance local systems of care in Lebanon, Lancaster, York and Adams counties. With the addition of Good Samaritan, WellSpan Health will be comprised of more than 12,500 employees, more than 850 physicians and advanced practice clinicians in its multispecialty medical group and more than 160 patient care locations – including five respected hospitals.

The affiliation follows nearly a year of due diligence by both community boards of directors and senior leaders as well as approval by state and federal regulatory agencies, according to Robert J. Longo, president and CEO of Good Samaritan Health System, and Kevin Mosser, M.D., president and CEO of WellSpan Health.

Good Samaritan had announced its intent to find an affiliation partner in June 2013. The two health care organizations announced their intent to explore an affiliation in February 2014 and signed a definitive agreement in December 2014.

“We are delighted to be joining WellSpan Health,” Longo said. “Our board was very deliberate about working to select a partner that shared our mission, vision and values. Good Samaritan has an exemplary record for quality patient care and high patient satisfaction scores. In WellSpan, we have a partner who will help us to continue to provide exceptional care in our community and also has the strength and expertise to navigate the many changes expected in this era of change.”   

“Under health care reform, we are moving away from a system that primarily treats those who are sick and injured to one in which we actively work to manage the health of populations,” Mosser said. “Partnering with Good Samaritan will help us in our efforts to achieve the scale and efficiencies needed to prepare our organization for the requirements of transforming health care in the future.”

Together, WellSpan and Good Samaritan will pursue the following goals:
• improve health care across Central Pennsylvania while enhancing local systems of care in Lebanon, Lancaster, Adams and York counties;
• in an era of health care reform, prepare for the transition from current care models to the new requirements for managing population health and wellness;
• maintain existing relationships and clinical partnerships with other local health care providers;
• enhance a model of care that is based on an individual’s relationship with a primary care physician who coordinates all the care an individual requires across the lifespan; and
• offer stronger medical, nursing and allied health educational resources to address a projected shortage of physicians and health care professionals.

The Good Samaritan Hospital will continue to be governed by a local board of directors, which will have a formal relationship with the WellSpan Health board of directors. The Good Samaritan Hospital board will include members of the community as well as representatives from WellSpan Health. WellSpan’s organizational entities, which currently include the WellSpan Medical Group, WellSpan Specialty Services, WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, WellSpan York Hospital and three philanthropic foundations, are governed pursuant to this structure.
The Good Samaritan Health Services Foundation will support WellSpan’s health-related initiatives across Lebanon County. Community-based philanthropic foundations also exist in Lancaster, York and Adams counties.

WellSpan Health will operate The Good Samaritan Hospital as well as WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, WellSpan York Hospital and the WellSpan Surgery & Rehabilitation Hospital under separate licenses and medical staffs. 

Longo will remain president of The Good Samaritan Hospital and immediately join WellSpan’s senior management team as a senior vice president.

WellSpan Continues Strategic Growth

WellSpan continues to grow through service expansion and partnerships with other organizations who share its commitment to improving the health of local communities.

Most recently, WellSpan and Philhaven – the 14th largest mental and behavioral health provider in the nation – signed an affiliation agreement that will enhance access to behavioral health care across south central Pennsylvania and improve care through the integration of mental and physical health.

Through the affiliation, both WellSpan and Philhaven are committed to developing a behavioral health organization with diverse levels of care, support for all patients, innovative practices and positive outcomes. They are also committed to the development of local education and training programs to attract future behavioral health providers to the region. The agreement is currently undergoing regulatory review.

About Good Samaritan Health System

Since 1889, the Good Samaritan Health System (http://www.gshleb.org/) has served the health care needs of Lebanon County. The Good Samaritan Hospital is a modern, fully-equipped, fully-accredited 170-bed acute care facility and the only community hospital in the county. Good Samaritan includes employed physician practices for primary care and certain specialties, diagnostic lab and imaging services, physical therapy, wound care and hyperbaric medicine, home health, hospice, and durable medical goods.  Good Samaritan has been named “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®” by The Joint Commission, honored with the “Excellence in Patient Care” award given by the Studer Group, and earned the Blue Distinction Center+ designation for cardiac care from Highmark Blue Shield.   You can learn more by visiting http://www.gshleb.org/

About WellSpan Health

WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland.  The organization is comprised of a multispecialty medical group of more than 850 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a home care organization, five respected hospitals, more than 12,500 employees, and 160 patient care locations.  WellSpan is consistently recognized by IMS Health 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.” IMS Health is the leading provider of information, services and technology for the health care industry.

WellSpan’s four local systems of care throughout south central Pennsylvania.


The Good Samaritan Hospital has added its local system of care in Lebanon County to WellSpan Health’s regional health care organization, as of July 1, 2015. This map illustrates WellSpan’s four local systems of care throughout south central Pennsylvania.

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