Strong partnerships are important

The first bond between a mother and her child. The bond that grows between siblings. A best friend to get you through the tough times at school. A life partner to support you in sickness and in health.

We understand the value of strong partnerships. For years, Summit Health has worked with WellSpan Health to offer our patients leading-edge care.
From specialized doctors to care for our most fragile patients in our Newborn Intensive Care Unit, to rapid responses through our telestroke program, our partnerships with WellSpan have led to better outcomes for those facing life-threatening medical challenges.

Together, we will continue to serve the Franklin County area with local, comprehensive care as we inspire hope for healthier lives.

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Summit Health officially joins WellSpan Health - November 1, 2018

Summit Health and WellSpan Health sign affiliation agreement - June 29, 2018

Summit Health and WellSpan Health pursue affiliation - April 3, 2018

About WellSpan Health

WellSpan Health's Mission

Working as one to improve health through exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities.

WellSpan Health's Values

Care for All – We believe that everyone deserves essential care delivered in an exceptional manner regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, economic status or ability to pay.

Patient and Family-Centered – We believe fulfilling our promise to those who entrust their lives and the lives of their loved ones to our care is our highest priority. We consider the patient first in all that we do and work in partnership with the patient and family members they choose to involve in their care. We collaborate with patients and families to improve the delivery of care and service.

Working as One – We work as one across professional, organizational boundaries and with patients and communities. We do this by collaborating, coordinating, and sharing expertise, information and resources to meet the needs of those we serve. While our people are highly valued for their individual talents and contributions, we recognize that working together will allow us to improve health more effectively than any one of us working alone.

Respect – We honor the dignity and diversity of our patients and communities by treating everyone we serve and work with the way we would want to be treated – with courtesy, compassion and respect.

Integrity – We earn the trust and confidence of the individuals and communities that we serve by doing what’s right; acting transparently and honestly; protecting patient confidentiality; and meeting the letter and the spirit of all applicable laws, regulations and professional standards.

Continuous Learning – As a learning organization, we innovate, seek out and share best practices and adopt new ways of transforming the delivery of health care to make a difference in the lives of our patients. As individuals and teams, we are committed to continuously improving and applying our skills and knowledge.

Stewardship – We take seriously our responsibility to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to our care. Our constant focus on being an operationally excellent, financially strong and strategically focused organization enables us to control costs, to provide exceptional care, to be the employer of choice, to provide charitable community services and to be a strong health care organization for future generations.

WellSpan Health at a Glance

With the addition of Summit Health, WellSpan Health is now comprised of more than 19,000 employees, approximately 1,500 physicians and advanced practice clinicians and more than 170 patient care locations – including eight respected hospitals.

WellSpan Health's Local Systems of Care

WellSpan believes that patients should choose where they receive their care. Some health care organizations use a “hub and spoke” model, which means that patients who require certain types of services must travel to a large hospital or a specific destination to receive care. WellSpan Health is not such an organization, nor does it believe that such a model would best serve the residents of Franklin County and surrounding communities. Instead, WellSpan believes in enhancing local systems of care that provide the services that people need, including an expanded scope of specialized health care services, in the communities where they live.

For example, following Gettysburg Hospital’s affiliation with WellSpan, WellSpan has made significant efforts to establish a local system of care in Adams County that affords greater access to ambulatory and various subspecialty services that would not have been possible otherwise. Examples include:

  • A new Emergency Department at WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, which improves access to emergency services
  • Several new ambulatory facilities, which enhance access to primary care, outpatient rehabilitation, lab testing services, diagnostic imaging and retail pharmacy
    1. WellSpan Adams Health Center
    2. WellSpan Washington Street Health Center
  • WellSpan Aspers Health Center
  • Significant expansion of outpatient rehabilitation services across the communities of Adams County
  • Local access to subspecialty care, including neurology, behavioral health, cardiology, perinatology, orthopedics, rheumatology, endocrinology and urology
  • Enhanced access to radiation oncology through the WellSpan Adams Cancer Center and the Cherry Tree Cancer Center (a partnership between WellSpan and UPMC Pinnacle Hanover).
  • The addition of a cardiac catheterization laboratory at WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, which will expand to include interventional treatment services (angioplasty and stenting) this year.

How WellSpan and Summit Already Work Together

The two organizations have enjoyed a longstanding relationship, which has included collaboration in a regional reference laboratory, Central Pennsylvania Alliance Laboratory (CPAL), and a behavioral health managed care organization (Quest Behavioral Health). For the past several years, WellSpan and Summit have worked together to provide Franklin County residents with local access to various specialty care services, including radiation oncology, neurology, tele-stroke and perinatology. The health systems continue to look for ways to deepen this relationship.

How WellSpan Health is Transforming Care

http://www.wellspan.org/about-wellspan/who-we-are/transforming-care/

WATCH: What it means to work with a WellSpan primary care provider

WellSpan Health's Community Mission

WellSpan Health's Advanced Specialty Care

WellSpan Health's Resources for Education and Training

  • 10 Medical Residency Programs – Dental, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine (York), Family Medicine (Lebanon), Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Orthopedic Surgery, Surgery, Pharmacy and Osteopathic Internship
  • Six Medical Fellowships – Emergency Ultrasound, Gynecologic Oncology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Orthopedic Hand Surgery, Orthopaedic Trauma and Sports Medicine
  • Six Allied Health Education Programs – Medical Laboratory Science, Nuclear Medicine, Nurse Anesthetist, Plebotomy Training, Radiography and Respiratory Care

BeingWell Magazine

WellSpan Health in the News

WellSpan Health Online

www.WellSpan.org

Facebook

Official page: facebook.com/WellSpanHealth

WellSpan York Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency Program: facebook.com/WellSpanYHEMdocs

Twitter

Official account: @WellSpan

WellSpan York Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency Program: @WellSpanYHEMdoc

Google+

Official page: googleplus.com/WellSpan

YouTube

Official account: youtube.com/WellSpanCorpComm

LinkedIn

Official WellSpan account

Frequently Asked Questions

How could this benefit patients and the community?

Together, Summit Health and WellSpan would seek to enhance a model of care that is based on an individual’s relationship with a primary care physician and coordinates all the care that an individual requires across the lifespan. The two organizations share a vision of transforming health care by improving health outcomes, enhancing the patient experience and managing costs for people in three distinct patient populations:  the healthy, the chronically ill and the acutely ill.  This proposed affiliation would also provide physicians and clinicians with the ability to share best practices and education opportunities.  It would also support efforts to recruit and retain physicians, especially those in short supply, and achieve improvement in expense management, through economies of scale and management of the supply chain. 

Do we anticipate an impact on jobs and services?

These discussions are focused on identifying opportunities to better meet community needs. Because WellSpan and Summit Health serve essentially separate but complementary geographic areas and patient populations, we do not anticipate a consolidation of clinical services or a reduction of clinical staff. WellSpan will retain all Summit Health employees in good standing without changes to their wages, benefits and retirement plan as well as their tenure and years of service until January 1, 2020 following the completion of an affiliation. WellSpan supports maintaining Summit’s existing collective bargaining agreement with SEIU for the duration of its current term.

Would any future affiliated organization continue to be a charitable organization?

Yes. Both Summit Health and WellSpan are founded on the common values of charitable, community-based health care and are organizations which are not-for-profit.  They are governed by boards comprised of community members.  The organizations will continue to provide essential services to all – regardless of their ability to pay. 

What would happen to charitable donations made to Summit Health?

A new charitable Foundation would be established for the purpose of raising funds and using them to provide support for Summit Health and its tax-exempt subsidiaries and their related activities in Summit’s service region. All charitable donations currently held or pledged to Summit Health would be retained by Summit Health or, at Summit Health’s discretion, transferred to the new Foundation and used only to provide this support.

If Summit Health becomes part of WellSpan, will Franklin County residents have to travel to York for certain health care services?

No, WellSpan believes that patients should choose where they receive their care. Some health care organizations use a “hub and spoke” model, which means that patients who require certain types of services must travel to a large hospital or a specific destination to receive care. WellSpan Health is not such an organization, nor does it believe that such a model would best serve the residents of Franklin County and surrounding communities. Instead, WellSpan believes in enhancing local systems of care that provide the services that people need, including an expanded scope of specialized health care services, in the communities where they live.  

For example, following Gettysburg Hospital’s affiliation with WellSpan, WellSpan has made significant efforts to establish a local system of care in Adams County that affords greater access to ambulatory and various subspecialty services that would not have been possible otherwise. Examples include:

    • A new Emergency Department at WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, which improves access to emergency services
    • Several new ambulatory facilities, which enhance access to primary care, outpatient rehabilitation, lab testing services, diagnostic imaging and retail pharmacy
      1. WellSpan Adams Health Center
      2. WellSpan Washington Street Health Center
      3. WellSpan Aspers Health Center
    • Significant expansion of outpatient rehabilitation services across the communities of Adams County
    • Local access to subspecialty care, including neurology, behavioral health, cardiology, perinatology, orthopedics, rheumatology, endocrinology and urology
    • Enhanced access to radiation oncology through the WellSpan Adams Cancer Center and the Cherry Tree Cancer Center (a partnership between WellSpan and UPMC Pinnacle Hanover).
    • The addition of a cardiac catheterization laboratory at WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, which will expand to include interventional treatment services (angioplasty and stenting) this year.

Will the proposed affiliation result in the elimination of health care services in Franklin County and surrounding communities?

Neither WellSpan nor Summit Health see any reason to eliminate or otherwise change the scope of services that are currently offered by Summit Health as a result of the proposed affiliation. Across the United States, health care organizations are innovating and re-designing their services and programs in attempts to meet their communities’ needs in a rapidly changing environment. As this trend continues, successful organizations like Summit Health and WellSpan will continue to take advantage of opportunities to make changes that will help them meet their missions of service well into the future.

Will Summit Health continue to accept the same health insurance plans?

Yes. Should Summit become part of WellSpan Health, the health system will continue to support Summit’s continued participation with its current contracts with third-party payers.

How does WellSpan Health work with physicians?

Like Summit Health, WellSpan has a tradition of developing services and engaging physicians in a manner that meets the health care needs of area residents as well as the various practice styles and preferences of today’s physicians. Across Adams, York, Lancaster and Lebanon counties, WellSpan has established positive working relationships with physicians via:

  • The WellSpan Medical Group, which includes employed physicians and advanced practice clinicians
  • The WellSpan Provider Network, which includes WellSpan’s hospitals and medical group physicians as well private practice community physicians who work together to improve the quality and cost of services they provide to select populations.  

What about open positions, are you still hiring people?

Yes, please let your friends and family know that we will continue to hire and start new employees. We are operating business as usual.

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