Blue Mountain Health System and St. Luke's University Health Network Announce Merger

LEHIGHTON, CARBON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)  Two area health systems are joining forces.

Blue Mountain Health System and St. Luke’s University Health Network, announced plans for Blue Mountain Health System to join St. Luke’s University Health Network.


Blue Mountain Health System is a health network consisting of two community-based hospitals in Lehighton and Palmerton, Carbon County,

St. Luke’s University Health Network is a regional health network with seven hospitals and more than 270 outpatient sites serving 10 counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey,

The terms of the transaction will allow the combined health network to continue its relentless focus on quality and to enhance the level of health care services, develop new programs and service opportunities and increase access to physician specialists in the Carbon County region, while maintaining its not-for-profit status.

            “Choosing the right partner that shared our mission and commitment to quality care was a priority,” said Andrew E. Harris, president and CEO of the Blue Mountain Health System in a prepared release

“We now have an incredible opportunity to raise the level of healthcare in Carbon and neighboring counties and provide residents with even greater access to care.” added Harris.

The agreement between Blue Mountain Health System and St. Luke’s University Health Network has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Trustees of both organizations after a competitive selection process.

 The transaction is subject to certain conditions, including review and approval by various federal and Pennsylvania regulatory agencies. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
 


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