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WMHS To Pursue a Clinical Affiliation with UPMC

WMHS To Pursue Clinical Affiliation with UPMC

On Thursday, January 19, 2017, the Western Maryland Health System (WMHS) Board of Directors voted to pursue exclusive negotiations with UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) for a clinical affiliation that would enhance healthcare services for local residents. 

UPMC is one of the nation’s largest provider-led integrated delivery and finance systems as well as a nationally ranked academic medical center. 

The WMHS Board of Directors decided last summer to explore a partnership with an academic medical center to better position WMHS as a high-performing, cost-effective healthcare system that delivers exceptional value to patients and stakeholders.  Key goals for WMHS are providing greater access to physician specialists and sub-specialists to complement the existing clinical programs at WMHS and building upon its groundwork of innovative value-based care delivery.

UPMC, West Virginia University (WVU) Medicine and University of Maryland Medical System were identified as potential partners based upon their compatible missions, experience with similar transactions and expertise in delivering value-based care that they would bring to the organization.  All three academic medical centers were asked to submit a proposal for a clinical affiliation with WMHS. 

The WMHS Board’s decision comes after an extensive review of proposals submitted by UPMC and West Virginia University (WVU) Medicine.  The University of Maryland Medical System chose not to submit a proposal due to its current concentration on its merger and construction of a new facility for Prince Georges Hospital.

"We thank these organizations for their interest in working with us to improve the health of our region.   Both academic medical centers that submitted proposals offered a wide range of opportunities to support the future needs of our patients. After extensive consideration, we are confident that a clinical affiliation with UPMC would best position WMHS to continue to provide high-quality health care in the communities it serves, both now and in the future,” stated Barry P. Ronan, WMHS President and CEO.   

According to Ronan, WMHS and UPMC will begin formal negotiations immediately on the specific arrangements for this clinical affiliation.


About UPMC

A $13 billion world-renowned health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centered, cost-effective, accountable care. UPMC provides nearly $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 65,000 employees, more than 25 hospitals, 600 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a more than 3 million-member Insurance Services Division, the largest medical and behavioral health services insurer in western Pennsylvania. Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC ranks No. 12 in the prestigious U.S. News & World Report annual Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals. UPMC Enterprises functions as the innovation and commercialization arm of UPMC while UPMC International provides hands-on health care and management services with partners in 12 countries on four continents. For more information, go to UPMC.com.


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