A Roman Catholic healthcare system and a major academic medical center are discussing a partnership linking 15 hospitals in three Northeastern states.
The systems are Catholic Health Initiatives-Eastern Region, based in Aston, Pa., and University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia.
The organizations said last week they are considering a partnership in four key areas and hope to reach a definitive agreement in December. The areas are: clinical services, community-health improvement, managed-care contracting and primary care.
"We're not forming a joint operating agreement or creating a full-asset merger," said Connie Hofmann, communications director at CHI's eastern region.
With nearly $1.9 billion in combined revenues, hospitals in CHI's eastern region and the Penn system serve Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
CHI's eastern region includes: 235-bed Nazareth Hospital, Philadelphia; 182-bed St. Agnes Medical Center, Philadelphia; 277-bed St. Francis Hospital, Wilmington, Del.; 254-bed St. Francis Medical Center, Trenton, N.J.; 246-bed St. Joseph Hospital, Lancaster, Pa.; 215-bed St. Joseph Medical Center, Reading, Pa.; and 269-bed St. Mary Medical Center, Langhorne, Pa.
The CHI facilities had combined operating revenues of $591 million in 1996.
"Catholic Health Initiatives adds great value to our network through its geographic coverage, excellent community-focused health programs, and strong community hospitals," said William Kelley, M.D., chief executive officer of University of Pennsylvania Health System.
With $1.3 billion in 1996 operating revenue, the Penn system includes five Philadelphia hospitals. They are: 169-bed Chestnut Hill Hospital, 192-bed Friends Hospital, 649-bed Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 471-bed Pennsylvania Hospital and 325-bed Presbyterian Medical Center of Philadelphia. The other hospitals in the system are 191-bed Chester County Hospital, West Chester, Pa.; 217-bed Holy Redeemer Hospital and Medical Center, Meadowbrook, Pa.; and 140-bed Phoenixville (Pa.) Hospital.