Officials from Grove City Medical Center (GCMC), Allegheny Health Network (AHN), and Highmark Health joined community leaders and hospital employees to celebrate the signing of an affiliation agreement that will strengthen and expand the services that GCMC provides to residents of Mercer County and the surrounding Pennsylvania region. Pending government approval of the merger, the organizations expect to close on the affiliation in the next few months, establishing GCMC as AHN’s ninth owned hospital and as a critical new network access point for high-quality acute care services between Pittsburgh and Erie.
As part of the affiliation agreement, AHN and GCMC will help to fund a new independent Grove City Health Care Foundation with an initial endowment of up to $30 million to be spent locally in Grove City on health and wellness initiatives. A local board, made up primarily of current GCMC board members, will determine how those resources are allocated. AHN will also invest an additional $40 million over the next 10 years to further enhance GCMC’s clinical programs, technological capabilities, and physical infrastructure.
AHN will add or enhance a host of clinical services at GCMC, including primary care, neurology, oncology, cardiology, behavioral health, orthopedics, pediatrics, and general surgery. The network will also expand telehealth services at the hospital to include tele-dermatology, tele-stroke, and autoimmune consultations, and install the Epic electronic health record system at both Grove City’s main campus and its satellite facilities. Highmark has more than 135,000 insured members who live in the counties served by GCMC. The affiliation between AHN with GCMC ensures those members will have a close-to-home resource for their health and wellness needs over the long-term. Grove City will be the first hospital to fully affiliate with AHN since 2013.
Grove City Medical Center is a 67-bed acute care hospital in Mercer County, Pennsylvania. Grove City Medical Center also operates six outpatient clinics and lab sites throughout its service footprint, offering cancer care, cardiac care, lab services, home health, and imaging services. Grove City Medical Center opened in November 1981, created through the merger of Grove City Hospital and Bashline Memorial Hospital, both of which were founded in the early 1900s.
Allegheny Health Network is a Pittsburgh-based health care system that brings together the brightest health care professionals from western Pennsylvania and beyond to offer consumers a high quality, innovative, and cost-effective health care choice for advanced, comprehensive medical care across every discipline. The consumer-centered approach to care means a greater focus on coordinated wellness and illness prevention and a focus on consumers’ needs from start to finish.
Highmark Health, a Pittsburgh-based enterprise that employs more than 40,000 people who serve millions of Americans across the country, is the second largest integrated health care delivery and financing network in the nation based on revenue. Highmark Health is the parent company of Highmark Inc., Allegheny Health Network, and HM Health Solutions. Highmark Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates provide health insurance to nearly 5 million members in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Delaware, among other resources.
This was reported by Allegheny Health Network on August 19, 2019.
Contact information: Grove City Medical Center, 631 North Broad Street Ext, Grove City, Pennsylvania 16127; 724-458-5442; Website: www.gcmcpa.org
Contact information: Daniel Laurent, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Allegheny Health Network, 30 Isabella Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15212; 412-544-7081; Email: Daniel.Laurent@highmarkhealth.org; Website: www.ahn.org
Contact information: Highmark Health, Fifth Avenue Place, 120 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222; 412-544-7000; Website: www.highmarkhealth.org