NEW CASTLE, Pa. (WKBN) – Jameson Health System merged into the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) network on Monday, establishing UPMC Jameson to deliver health care to Lawrence County and its surrounding communities.
The merger was completed following a approval of a Consent Decree addressing the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General’s concerns about the transaction.
UPMC will invest $75 million to develop services and facilities in Lawrence County and provide an additional $10 million dedicated to physician recruitment for expansion of clinical advancements in the region.
“The outstanding clinical, educational and technological resources of UPMC will benefit health care outcomes throughout this entire region,” said Frank Mindicino, vice-chairman of UPMC Jameson and UPMC Horizon Boards of Directors. “UPMC, UPMC Horizon and UPMC Jameson will collaborate to grow and develop the best plan for services aligned to Mercer and Lawrence counties’ health care priorities and needs.”
Cardiologist Dr. Elizabeth Piccone said expanding the hospital’s footprint in the area opens the door to more services for her patients.
“When you have a system like a UPMC system that has access to sub specialists, people who do very high level work that’s done in communities, it is much easier to get patients plugged into the people that can offer those services,” Piccone said.
Danko, president of UPMC Jameson, added, “We are now positioned to become stronger than ever.”