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Pennsylvania health systems merger receives regulatory approval

Monday January 20, 2014
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A merger between Greater Hazleton (Pa.) Health Alliance and Lehigh Valley Health Network became effective Jan. 1, according to a news release. The plan to merge into one fully integrated healthcare system had cleared the regulatory process with the Federal Trade Commission, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office and the Orphans’ Court of Luzerne County.

Under the agreement, GHHA merges into LVHN, and LVHN becomes the sole corporate member of Hazleton General Hospital. Hazleton General Hospital will be known as Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton.

The merger, announced in April 2013, builds upon the two systems working together over several years in various clinical service areas. GHHA and LVHN began to jointly develop clinical relationships in MI alert response for heart attack care at HGH, emergency department coverage by LVHN physicians at HGH, and telehealth initiatives including TeleInfectious Disease, TeleBurn and TeleStroke care to extend the benefits of LVHN’s specialist care capabilities in an efficient way in the Hazleton region.

Lehigh Valley Health Network includes three hospital facilities — two in Allentown and one in Bethlehem, Pa.; nine health centers caring for communities in four counties; primary and specialty care physician practices; pharmacy, imaging, home health services and lab services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital, the only children’s hospital in the region, provides care in 28 specialties and general pediatrics.

Greater Hazleton Health Alliance is a not-for-profit healthcare system that is dedicated to providing high quality, state-of-the-art, customer-focused healthcare services. Its affiliated entities include the 150-bed Hazleton General Hospital, the Hazleton Health & Wellness Center and Alliance Medical Group. HGH was the first accredited Primary Care Stroke Center in northeast Pennsylvania.


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