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Uniontown Hospital aims to provide greater affiliation with UPMC

| Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012

Paul Bacharach, president and CEO of Uniontown Hospital, has confirmed that the health-care system is in preliminary discussions with UPMC regarding an enhanced clinical affiliation -- specifically involving the management assistance of UPMC with the Uniontown Hospital's employed physicians.

Uniontown Hospital now employs about 30 physicians, including general practitioners as well as a wide range of specialists.

"While we employ 30 physicians, UPMC employs approximately 3,000," Bacharach said. "We are currently talking about ways that they can provide expertise in this area to assist us."

"In short, these are very complex business and clinical functions in which they have more knowledge and experience. It makes no sense for us to reinvent the wheel," he said. "Using their collective experience in physician management can contribute to our health system's well-being as well as the health care of all those who live in our region."

Affiliations with UPMC services are not new to Uniontown Hospital:

• Radiation therapy for cancer patients is provided locally in a joint venture between Uniontown Hospital and UPMC. Services are provided at Robert E. Eberly Cancer Pavilion.

• Chemotherapy has been provided by UPMC Medical Oncologists; the office is at Uniontown Hospital Medical Pavilion, adjacent to the hospital.

• Emergency Department physician staffing at Uniontown Hospital is available through an agreement with ERMI, a UPMC emergency-physicians staffing organization that provides services in Western Pennsylvania.

Uniontown Hospital has been a provider of health-care services to subscribers of the UPMC Health Plans for commercial, Medicare and Medical Assistance managed-care products.

"I want to make it clear that Uniontown Hospital remains an independent, not-for-profit local community asset. Clinical linkages have been beneficial to our community in the past and will become more important under the Affordable Care Act," said Bacharach.

"Relationships with advanced tertiary-care facilities -- like UPMC's network of hospitals and specialists -- will have the potential to strengthen and enhance our delivery of patient care in the communities we serve," he said.

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