Sunbury Community Hospital

Sunbury Community Hospital.

UPMC Susquehanna signed an agreement to purchase the Sunbury Community Hospital — along with the Lock Haven Hospital, according to a press release from hospital CEO Bob Williams Wednesday morning.

“This brings us into their faith-based system of hospitals, outpatient facilities and long-term care service locations that span north central Pennsylvania,” Williams said in a letter to the members of the Sunbury Community Hospital Board of Directors on Wednesday morning. “While we do not anticipate any immediate changes in the day-to-day operations of the hospital, in the coming months, our teams will start planning to align operational systems. The transaction is expected to be finalized Sept. 30.”

UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) Susquehanna is currently a four-hospital integrated health system that includes Divine Providence Hospital, Muncy Valley Hospital, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital and the Williamsport Regional Medical Center — along with various off-site locations.

“We are excited to extend our tradition of high-quality, compassionate care to the Lock Haven and Sunbury communities,” says Steven P. Johnson, president of UPMC Susquehanna. “Bringing these hospitals into our family allows us to reinvest in both facilities to improve access, enhance care and grow existing services.”

That includes expanding the reach of UPMC Susquehanna south into our region.

“The addition of our two hospitals will help to increase access to and coordination of care for residents in the southern part of their service area,” Williams said. “I personally look forward to joining a system with long-standing history and investment in local health care through a strong mission of patient dedication and technological innovation, and a commitment to quality and safety transparency.”

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