Lewistown Hospital, Geisinger merger approved
LEWISTOWN - The full merger and integration of Lewistown Hospital into Geisinger Health System has received final approval from the Pennsylvania Attorney General and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, which will go into effect Friday. The facility will be known as Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital.
"We are pleased to receive the necessary regulatory approvals and thank the Attorney General and Department of Health for their diligent, constructive and collaborative review of this transaction," said Geisinger Health System president and chief executive officer Dr. Glenn Steele Jr. "We welcome the Lewistown Hospital team into the Geisinger family, and look forward to building programs, growing services, improving outcomes and demonstrating value to the people of the Juniata Valley."
Patients will continue to access all of the existing services and eventually additional services at Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital, including emergency services which are provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week, according to a release from both facilities.
"This is tremendous news for Lewistown Hospital, our patients, staff and area residents," said Lewistown Hospital president and chief executive officer Kay A. Hamilton.
Lewistown Hospital and Geisinger Health System signed a letter of intent in December.
Lewistown Hospital, a non-profit organization, is a 123-bed acute care community hospital serving the 80,000 residents of Mifflin and Juniata counties and members of the contiguous counties of Centre, Perry, Snyder and Huntingdon. Established in 1905, the hospital employs more than 1,000 full-time and part-time employees and provides a medical staff of 128 physicians and allied health practitioners.