Western Maryland Health System, a leading hospital in the US, has signed a letter of intent to join UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) in a deal that would expand UPMC’s reach into a third state. However, the providers are still working out on how the affiliation would work, but they said they expect it to close by the end of the year. In a statement, the Western Maryland Health System (WMHS) stated that the clinical partnership, which allows for mutual provider sharing, has enhanced services for residents in its coverage area. The affiliation enables WMHS to build on its value-based care capacity and reduce the cost of care, they added.
Ahead of this announcement, Senior VP at UPMC and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of UPMC’s health services division, Leslie Davis said that the providers are collaborating on a shared vision to preserve high-quality healthcare services closer to home for local patients and their families. In the year 2009, WMHS opened its only acute-care hospital, named Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, in Cumberland. It also has a network of diagnostic centers, physician practices, urgent-care clinics, a skilled-nursing facility and home-care operations for western Maryland and the parts of West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Based in Cumberland, Maryland, WMHS reportedly generated USD1 million in operating incomes on USD 167 million in total operating revenue within the 6 months ended Dec. 31, 2018. On the other end, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is one of the country’s largest integrated health systems, having drawn approximately USD 19 billion in operating revenue in 2018.
In a statement, WMHS CEO Barry Ronan noted that the providers are now working toward a definitive agreement, which will allow his system to maintain clinical excellence throughout the region for years to come. Additionally, he said that Since we became clinically affiliated with UPMC in 2018, we have a stronger clinical and operational position allowing a broad range of nationally recognized care here locally for the people of Allegany County and surrounding counties in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.