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Clarion Hospital included in the new organization

BUTLER Butler Health System and Greensburg-based Excela Health have signed a letter of intent to form a new health system, according to a BHS press release.

When finalized, the statement said, the new health care system would generate more than $1 billion in revenue, employ about 7,300 people and have more than 1,000 doctors and practitioners who would serve a population of 750,000 people.

According to the release, the combination would support five hospitals, including Clarion, Butler, Frick, Latrobe and Westmoreland.

“The new system will provide additional services and better access to those services,” said Ken DeFurio, president and CEO of Butler Health System. “We are thrilled that this partnership amplifies our ability to provide tertiary care, while remaining physician-led and community-focused.”

Excela CEO John Sphon said the partnership will expand intellectual and financial capital and that “we can improve access to care, reduce the cost of care and continue to focus on improving experiences and patient outcomes”.

The CEOs stressed that more specific details of the new entity will be agreed and will progress through mutual agreements as the final documents are completed.

Topics such as leadership and the new name of the system will be determined.

Remaining discussions, required regulatory approval and final board approvals could take until the end of 2022, according to the statement.

Tim Morgus and Terri Petrick, chairmen of the boards of BHS and Excela respectively, expressed their organizations’ mutual enthusiasm for the creation of the common healthcare system.

“Our councils believe we have the opportunity to create a new paradigm of care in western Pennsylvania,” they jointly said.

The CEOs said their respective systems share a common vision for national and regional industry transformation.

“Our alignment on these important elements of a partnership will provide great value as we move forward,” Sphon said.

The Butler Health System consists of two hospitals, Butler Memorial Hospital in Butler and Clarion Hospital.

It has remained an independent community health system for over a century and continues to grow to meet the needs of Butler, Clarion

and surrounding communities.

BHS has over 70 outpatient clinics, employs 3,000+ people

270 providers, making it the largest employer in Butler County and the largest health care employer in Clarion County.

In addition to its primary health services, Butler Health System has many partnerships across the West

Excela Health, a 578-bed tertiary health system in Westmoreland County, includes three hospitals Excela Westmoreland Hospital, Excela Latrobe Hospital and Excela Frick Hospital and serves more than 23,000 inpatients, 700,000 outpatients and 100,000 outpatient visits. emergency per year.

With more than 700 physicians and paramedical professionals and 4,300 employees, Excela is a regional leader in

clinical areas such as cardiovascular disease, orthopedics and emergency medicine.

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