West Penn Allegheny Health System, Pittsburgh, said it would merge the system's 457-bed Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh and 215-bed Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville, Pa., into one organization, although both will continue to provide services at their current locations. Officials said they expected the merger to be completed by June 30. The merger will result in one medical staff, one board, one set of policies, unified governance and an integrated management team, officials said in a news release. The two hospitals have several existing clinical relationships and the merger is expected to "evolve and enhance the clinical capabilities" in the system's eastern portion, officials also said. On Jan. 1 the system completed the merger of 420-bed Allegheny General Hospital and 112-bed Suburban General Hospital, both in Pittsburgh. As of June 30, the system will be composed of four organizational entities with six facilities. -- by Cinda Becker
West Penn Allegheny to merge two system hospitals
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