Published on December 18, 2013

Philadelphia-Area Healthcare Initiative Adds Crozer-Keystone Health System

Crozer-Keystone Health System has joined the Philadelphia-area health alliance formed in July by Abington Health, Aria Health and Einstein Healthcare Network, giving the initiative four members. Crozer-Keystone includes five hospitals with more than 1,000 physicians on their medical staffs.

The initiative is a platform for independent health systems to work together to improve the health of populations through highly coordinated and efficient care. Crozer-Keystone is the first organization to join the alliance since its founding in July 2013.

“Working with other health systems is one of the ways we’re meeting the challenge of reform,” said Joan K. Richards, President and CEO of Crozer-Keystone. “We are eager to join the alliance because we share the same goal of better coordination of the care and service we deliver to our patients, starting with our employees and their dependents.”

“Crozer-Keystone is an excellent fit for our initiative because it shares our commitments: to increasing access to care, to making care more coordinated and to finding creative ways to continue offering the highest quality of care to our patients,” said Laurence M. Merlis, President and CEO of  Abington Health and Chairman of the Board of the alliance. “Adding a high-quality member like Crozer-Keystone illustrates the strength and attractiveness of our alliance.”

Crozer-Keystone is recognized by national ratings groups for its clinical integration and use of health information technology – two building blocks of providing more coordinated care and service to patients.

Adding Crozer-Keystone to the alliance expands its footprint to the south end of the Philadelphia region, creating a broader network to ensure that patients have excellent access to care close to home wherever they reside in the region. The alliance’s network will begin by covering the 30,000 employees and dependents of the three founding members in 2014.

Crozer-Keystone will be a full and equal partner with the three founding members of the alliance, committing to invest the same amount in the initiative and having the same number of seats on its governing board.

About the alliance.

The alliance is a platform for independent health systems to work together to improve the health of populations through highly coordinated and efficient care. Formed in 2013 by three health systems in the Philadelphia area, the initiative has grown to include four members in Pennsylvania. The initiative includes 14 hospitals and more than 4,600 physicians. The initiative will manage the health benefits of the more than 30,000 employees of its three founding member organizations starting in 2014.

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