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UPMC merger with New Castle's Jameson Health is official

Ben Schmitt
| Monday, May 2, 2016, 12:33 p.m.

UPMC and New Castle's Jameson Health System officially announced their merger Monday.

The merger calls for UPMC to invest $75 million into developments and services and $10 million into doctor recruitment.

“The strongest solution for a healthy future for our communities has been achieved through our proud affiliation with UPMC,” said Doug Danko, president of what is now known as UPMC Jameson. “After more than a year-long process requiring perseverance and commitment to the highest interests of area residents, this positive outcome is a credit to the determination of our board of directors and the support that we have received from our community.”

The formation of UPMC Jameson has been two years in the making. Jameson's board, which disclosed the merger in September 2014, initially expected the state to approve it by March 2015.

The deal stalled when Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office rejected the merger out of concern that it could reduce competition in the region and drive up medical costs.

An arbitrator, former Chief Judge Donald Ziegler of the Western District of Pennsylvania, ruled in Jameson's favor, approving the merger after a Jan. 20 hearing.

“We are pleased to begin executing our strategic vision for the region,” said Dave Martin, senior vice president of UPMC's hospital dvision. “A plan is being developed for both UPMC Jameson and UPMC Horizon to expand service offerings and it will incorporate results of physician manpower, community health needs and facilities studies to identify and prioritize developments to continually advance patient care services, access and outcomes within Lawrence and Mercer counties.”

Ben Schmitt is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7991 or bschmitt@tribweb.com

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