Summit Health, WellSpan agreement spells out goals

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Summit Health operates Chambersburg and Waynesboro hospitals, as well as other facilities in Franklin County, Pa.

The affiliation agreement recently signed by officials of Summit Health and WellSpan Health supports several goals for health care in Franklin County and Central Pennsylvania.

In early April, leaders from both organizations announced they had signed a Memorandum of Understanding. Following a phase of due diligence, the respective volunteer boards of Summit Health and WellSpan Health approved the definitive affiliation agreement that will enable Summit Health to join WellSpan Health’s regional nonprofit health system.

The agreement will be submitted to state and regulatory agencies for review. Officials expect that a process to take a few months.

The two organizations already collaborate in some areas, including a regional reference laboratory and a behavioral health managed care organization, as well as radiation oncology, neurology, tele-stroke and perinatology.

The organizations said the affiliation agreement supports the following goals:

• “Strengthen a model of care that is based on an individual’s relationship with a primary care physician and coordinates all the care an individual requires across the lifespan.”

• “Provide an opportunity to share best practices in quality improvement, care redesign, chronic disease management and patient experience.”

• “Build upon Summit Health’s strong reputation as a provider of high-quality, local clinical care and a trusted nonprofit community partner.”

• “Train and recruit more physicians, advanced practice clinicians, nurses and other essential care providers to Franklin County and surrounding communities, in order to address a projected shortage of physicians and health care professionals.”

• “Invest in new services, facilities and technology for the long-term health of residents in Franklin County and surrounding communities.”

• “Support Summit Health’s passionate commitment to the physical and economic health of Franklin County and surrounding communities.”

• “Provide enhanced opportunities for effective population health management and value-based contracting to meet the needs of patients and payors.”

Summit Health is a nonprofit health system that operates hospitals in Chambersburg and Waynesboro, 33 outpatient specialty and primary-care practices throughout Franklin County, lab and imaging services, a fitness center, and two walk-in care centers.

WellSpan Health is comprised of a multispecialty medical group of more than 1,200 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, six hospitals, more than 15,000 employees, and more than 140 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization.