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WMHS and UPMC Finalize Agreement for Clinical Affiliation

The definitive agreement for the clinical affiliation between Western Maryland Health System and UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) was signed on February 8 by officials from each health system.  The agreement was approved by the WMHS Board of Directors on January 18, 2018, formalizing plans for the two health systems to work cooperatively to enhance healthcare services for local residents.

The WMHS Board of Directors made the decision this time last year to pursue negotiations with UPMC, one of nation’s largest provider-led integrated delivery and finance systems, as well as a nationally ranked academic center.

"This partnership with a world-class healthcare system brings tremendous value to WMHS and our community, " explains Barry Ronan, WMHS President and CEO.  "It enables us to build upon our success in providing value-based care and positions us to become recognized as the best place to deliver quality care, transform care delivery, and reduce the total cost of providing care.” 

In conjunction with developing the definitive agreement, both organizations have already been working together to ensure that residents in our region have local access to the broadest range of quality healthcare services possible. 

One of the first initiatives underway is providing greater local access to physician specialists and sub-specialists to complement the existing clinical programs at WMHS, including cardiovascular and neuroscience programs.

 "We are already working cooperatively with UPMC, UPMC Altoona and other UPMC hospitals on plans to share physician coverage in these specialty areas that will meet the needs at our respective hospitals,” continues Ronan.

Other discussions underway relate to developing collaborative programs and agreements for telemedicine, oncology, and behavioral health, specialties for which UPMC is internationally recognized for its expertise, and placing family practice residents from UPMC on the WMHS campus.
"With our shared vision to enhance and extend world-class clinical care and community services close to home for patients and their families, UPMC is looking forward to successful collaboration with WMHS well into the future," said Leslie Davis, senior vice president of UPMC, and executive vice president and chief operating officer of UPMC’s Health Services Division.

WMHS UPMC Admin Team

WMHS - UPMC Administrative Team:   
Front row, from left: Jillian Wein Riley, staff attorney, UPMC; Camellia Herisko, chief nursing officer, and vice president of operations and patient care services, Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic of UPMC; Marshall Webster, M.D., senior vice president, UPMC; Leslie Davis, senior vice president, UPMC, and executive vice president and chief operating officer, UPMC’s Health Services Division; Nancy Adams, chief operating officer, WMHS; Diane Holder, executive vice president, UPMC, and president, Insurance Services Division; president and CEO, UPMC Health Plan; Beth Wild, senior vice president, oncology services, UPMC; Ali Vandine, senior strategy consultant, UPMC.  Back Row: L to R, Jerry Murray, president, UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford; Steven Shapiro, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical and scientific officer, UPMC; president, UPMC Health Services Division; David Russell, vice president, strategic planning, UPMC; Matt Gilmore, general counsel, WMHS; Gerald Goldstein, M.D., chief medical officer, WMHS; Barry Ronan, president and CEO, WMHS; Robert Blosat, senior vice president, regional network development, and vice president, physician development, UPMC Health Services Division; Kimberly Repac, chief financial officer, WMHS; Steve Nimmo, senior associate counsel, UPMC, and senior vice president, UPMC Health Services Division.

WMHS UPMC Agreement Signing

WMHS - UPMC Agreement Signing:
Leslie Davis (left), senior vice president of UPMC, and executive vice president and chief operating officer, UPMC’s Health Services Division; and Barry Ronan (right), president and CEO, WMHS.

About UPMC
A $17 billion world-renowned health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centered, cost-effective, accountable care. UPMC provides more than $900 million a year in benefits to its communities, including more care to the region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution. The largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC integrates 80,000 employees, more than 30 hospitals, 600 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a more than 3.2 million-member Insurance Services Division, the largest medical insurer in western Pennsylvania. As UPMC works in close collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside on its annual Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals. UPMC Enterprises functions as the innovation and commercialization arm of UPMC, and UPMC International provides hands-on health care and management services with partners on four continents. For more information, go to UPMC.com.
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