State OKs Jersey Shore Hospital joining Geisinger network

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The state attorney general has approved a deal in which another central Pennsylvania hospital will join the Geisinger health network.

Jersey Shore Hospital, located in the Lycoming County town of the same name about 80 miles north of Harrisburg, will join Geisinger effective Saturday.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for us," said David A. Shannon, the president and CEO of Jersey Shore Hospital. "Geisinger is a health system that shares our commitment to putting patients first and ensuring local access to quality care."

Jersey Shore Hospital was founded in 1911 and is a 25-bed critical access facility, including an urgent care center, with 300 employees.

"Our goal is to achieve financial security and sustainability, preserve local jobs, and build a strong base of engaged medical providers while maintaining our community and patient-centered focus," said Sean Simcox, the chairman of Jersey Shore Hospital's board of directors.

Geisinger, based in Danville, Montour County, provides medical services to 45 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania through 12 hospital campuses and two research centers. It boasts 30,000 employees.

Geisinger announced the state regulatory approval on Friday.

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