Integration means seamless access to high-level care for PAL patients
Penn State Health today welcomed the providers, staff and practice sites of Physicians' Alliance, LTD (PAL) to its growing health system. The integration will lead to improved access to specialty care – close to home – for people in Lancaster, Dauphin and York counties. PAL is the largest independent physician practice group in Lancaster County.
Penn State Health representatives, including the Penn State Nittany Lion, made stops today at all 12 practice sites to welcome them to the health system.
“Patients can expect to continue to receive the same quality of care, and know that their physicians will continue to send them to the most appropriate local hospital for advanced care,” said Dr. A. Craig Hillemeier, CEO of Penn State Health, dean of Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State's senior vice president for health affairs. “When faced with complex conditions like cancer, organ transplantation or specialty pediatrics, patients will have seamless access to the care they need close to home.”
PAL represents approximately 100 physicians, advanced practice clinicians (APC's) and registered dieticians at 12 practice locations in Lancaster, Dauphin and York counties. Collectively PAL physicians and APC's serve approximately 100,000 patients in their various sites of service. PAL physicians also previously provided hospitalist services for Lancaster Regional Medical Center, Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center and Lancaster General Health.
The integration of the practice sites into Penn State Health also includes the complete acquisition of Lancaster-based Central Penn Management Group (CPMG). CPMG is a physician management services organization that handles business functions such as finance, human resources and information technology services for the acquired practices as well as other health care organizations. CPMG operations and employees will complete the transition into Penn State Health by January 1.
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