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Massini looks ahead to bringing Holy Spirit Hospital into Penn State Health family

Steve Massini, Penn State Health CEO, shared this email with Penn State Health and College of Medicine employees on July 24:

Dear colleagues,

First, let me thank you for all that you do each day to make Penn State Health such a special place. Your commitment to service and the care of your neighbors continues to be an inspiration to so many, especially me. Your contributions are made even more remarkable in light of the many challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As you know, we recently made an important decision to expand on the good work we do. By acquiring Holy Spirit Hospital, its affiliated outpatient practices and West Shore Advanced Life Support EMS, we can strengthen our health care presence in the Cumberland-Perry County region and better support the health care needs of these communities.

Final approval of our acquisition is required by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission. A decision is expected in the coming months, and we will aggressively pursue approval by making the case for consumer choice, continuity of care for Holy Spirit patients and the preservation of thousands of jobs, which is good for the overall health of our community. I’d like to share some of the other reasons behind this decision.

Bringing Holy Spirit into the Penn State Health family allows us to accomplish several goals in service to our community:

  • It provides Penn State Health with an experienced health care workforce to support our expansion of patient care services in the Cumberland-Perry County region, including the development of our new Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center;
  • It ensures patients have local access to Penn State Health doctors and facilities, and provides access to independent physicians who want to admit patients and provide care locally on the West Shore;
  • It will help us improve capacity at our Milton S. Hershey Medical Center by enabling patients from that region to get the appropriate level of care locally but still within the Penn State Health system;

Geisinger has made important investments in Holy Spirit, such as establishing a Level II Trauma Center, renovating the Emergency Department and recruiting many new physicians. We’re positioned to build on that foundation to ensure continuity of care for existing patients and provide long-lasting, viable health care choices for families throughout Cumberland and Perry counties.

In the meantime, transition planning is already underway to ensure we’re ready for day one operations. Don McKenna, president for Hampden Medical Center, is leading the effort and working collaboratively with colleagues from Geisinger, Holy Spirit and Penn State Health to lay the ground work for a smooth transition.

Several transition teams are meeting weekly to work through the technical and operational considerations to support Holy Spirit’s transfer into Penn State Health. Our plan is to provide our workforce with periodic updates every two weeks to keep you informed about key decisions and developments.

These are exciting times at Penn State Health. Thank you to the many members of our team who have already reached out to say they share our enthusiasm. I look forward to talking with you again as more important developments occur.


Steve Massini
Penn State Health

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