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Tyrone Hospital joins Penn Highlands

TYRONE — Tyrone Hospital has officially joined Penn Highlands Healthcare following regulatory reviews and approvals.

Now Penn Highlands Tyrone, a 25-bed, nonprofit community hospital becomes the sixth hospital in the Penn Highlands Healthcare system.

“Welcoming Penn Highlands Tyrone to the Penn Highlands Healthcare system represents another significant chapter for our organization, as well as our region,” said Steven M. Fontaine, Penn Highlands Healthcare CEO, in a statement. “As we continue to expand farther southeast to make our premier services available throughout more of Pennsylvania, it was clear from our due diligence process that Tyrone Hospital comes with a long tradition of providing exceptional care to the Tyrone community and its surrounding area.” Fontaine said.

“Throughout Penn Highlands, we continue to recruit physicians to this region. Now we look forward to bringing services to Tyrone in areas such as lung care, cardiology and neurology,” Fontaine said.

The boards of directors of both Penn Highlands Healthcare and Tyrone Hospital signed a letter of intent this past March that initiated the affiliation.

“As we considered this opportunity to become part of Penn Highlands Healthcare, we recognized how significantly residents of Tyrone and our surrounding communities could benefit from joining a health system as highly regarded in health care as Penn Highlands is for its excellent standard of care and exciting advancements,” said Penn Highlands Tyrone Board Chairwoman Kelly Wike in a statement. “This transition to become part of the Penn Highlands family will ensure we continue to carry out the patient care we are known to deliver to our community.”

“Becoming a Penn Highlands hospital will provide a great opportunity for our organization to build upon our strength, while also maintaining our role as an important employer in the region. This affiliation with Penn Highlands will create a sustainable model for our local hospital as well as bring additional resources and expertise to Blair County,” said Anna Anna, hospital president, in a statement.

Dick Pfingstler, Penn Highlands Healthcare board chairman, said the addition of Penn Highlands Tyrone to the health system fosters further growth of its brand and reinforces the organization’s ability to recruit high quality providers to this region, provide local jobs and increase the specialty services Penn Highlands currently provides.

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