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UPMC Completes Acquisition of Washington Health System

Written by : Aishwarya Sarthe

June 5, 2024

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Per the plans, UPMC has pledged to invest at least $300 million over ten years to bolster clinical services and modernize facilities at UPMC Washington and UPMC Greene.

In a significant move within the healthcare sector, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has completed the acquisition of Washington Health System (WHS), a prominent nonprofit community health system operating two hospitals in Pennsylvania. 

The two hospitals under WHS have been rebranded as UPMC Washington and UPMC Greene.

Per the deal, UPMC pledged to invest at least $300 million over ten years to bolster clinical services and modernize facilities at UPMC Washington and UPMC Greene.

This acquisition aligns with UPMC's strategic growth trajectory, which has seen 28 acquisitions between 1996 and 2019.

UPMC Forming Strategic Partnerships

Over the past decade, UPMC and WHS have cultivated clinical collaborations in various specialties, including oncology, pediatric care, women's health, and heart and vascular care. 

These collaborations collectively serve over 10,000 patients annually, emphasizing the significance of shared expertise in delivering quality healthcare.

Sharing thoughts, Brook Ward, president of UPMC Washington and UPMC Greene, said, "We are elated that the affiliation is complete and look forward to starting a new chapter of collaboration with UPMC." 

Ward highlighted the importance of the affiliation in securing the future of healthcare services in Washington and Greene counties.

The affiliation with UPMC is poised to enhance local access to advanced healthcare services, ensuring that residents have close-to-home access to nationally recognized care. 

Ward reiterated the community's gain from expanded local capabilities, which have transformed the region into a destination for world-class healthcare in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Leslie C Davis, president and CEO of UPMC, emphasized the institution's commitment to preserving essential healthcare services and livelihoods within the region. 

Davis also underscored the significance of UPMC's track record of successful affiliations with organizations sharing similar values, indicating a strategic alignment aimed at benefiting the local community.

Furthermore, UPMC Washington and UPMC Greene will maintain a local board of directors comprising both legacy WHS board members and newly appointed members from UPMC. This governance structure aims to ensure continuity and local representation in decision-making processes.

Washington Health System operates a 278-bed flagship hospital in Washington, Pennsylvania, along with a 49-bed facility in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, and over 40 other off-site locations across three of the state's counties.

Whereas, UPMC is among the nation’s largest nonprofit integrated health systems, with 40 hospitals and 800 offices and outpatient sites strewn across Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, and abroad. 

In 2022, it reported $25.5 billion in total operating revenue and runs an insurance division covering 4.5 million people.


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