A new sign has arrived at Muncy Valley Hospital
MUNCY – It was officially announced on October 18 that Susquehanna Health has joined forces with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Last May a letter of intent was given after a two year extensive exploration period. Corporate officials stated they wanted to find an organization that would support Susquehanna Health’s healthcare services and be able to invest in more information technology.
“With emphasis on caring for patients and expertise in delivering care to all of the communities we serve, including rural communities, Susquehanna Health is even stronger with UPMC,” said Steven P. Johnson, President, UPMC Susquehanna.
UPMC is a prominent academic medical center and will be able to introduce “more choices for health insurance for the region.” Their medical school is ranked fifth in the nation and has the third-largest residency and fellowship program in the country.
Johnson also announced, “UPMC is the number one insurance plan in the state for quality and consumer satisfaction. Through this affiliation, we are able to bring a new level of innovation and advanced care to our region.”
The Pittsburgh based facility is making a 500 million dollar investment with Susquehanna Health as a commitment to expand services in northcentral Pennsylvania.
They are hoping to bring added services to Muncy Valley Hospital, especially with the expansion project for the new emergency department. This will be one of the first areas of focus for the newly formed group as well as heart and vascular and cancer services. They also hope to add more jobs and other specialty services to improve their urgent care network.
For the Muncy expansion, five current curtained bays will be replaced with eight private rooms and six additional specialty rooms for patients needing behavioral health, decontamination and trauma/resuscitation services. These new patient rooms will allow for the addition of more modern technology, increased patient privacy, and improved infection control.
The UPMC Susquehanna Board will be responsible for quality of care, medical staff and growth initiatives.
UPMC is the largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, integrating 60,000 employees with more than 20 hospitals and 500 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, a 3-million-member health insurance division, and international and commercial operations.