Lewistown Hospital and Geisinger Health System Sign Letter of Intent

December 04, 2012

Geisinger Health System (GHS) and Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital have announced that they have signed a non-binding letter of intent to explore ways the organizations can work together to benefit health care in Lewistown and the surrounding area.

“The healthcare environment not only here in the Juniata Valley, but throughout Pennsylvania and across the country continues to evolve,” said Lewistown Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Kay A. Hamilton. “Lewistown Hospital is an integral part of the community, and it is our responsibility to take the appropriate steps and best position the organization to provide quality medical services to our patients well into the future.”

With the signing of the letter of intent, Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital and Geisinger can now move into a due diligence process and explore the possibilities of working together in greater detail. This process could take several months.

“Geisinger is always open to exploring ways to improve the health and well-being of the people we serve and best meet the needs of the community,” said Geisinger President and Chief Executive Officer Glenn Steele, Jr., MD. “We now have an opportunity to determine together how best to accomplish this goal for the people of the Lewistown area.”

Lewistown Hospital and Geisinger already work together in a number of ways, including the hospitalist, tele-stroke, tele-echo and eICU programs at the hospital. The multi-specialty Geisinger-Lewistown physician practice has served the community since 1983, and a second primary care practice is located in Juniata. Geisinger acquired Lewistown Cardiology Associates in October 2011 and Juniata Valley Gastroenterology Associates and Endoscopy Center in May 2012.

“The signing of the letter of intent is an important and positive step forward in our efforts to not only keep our hospital open, but to explore enhancements to our clinical programs,” said Hamilton.