Geisinger talks partnership with Holy Spirit
DANVILLE – Now that Geisinger Health System and Holy Spirit Health System of Camp Hill have signed a letter of intent to work on a partnership, Geisinger is talking about the process over the next several months. Frank Trembulak is executive vice president and chief operating officer of Geisinger Health System.
He explained, “Over the next six to nine months, besides the legal work that needs to be done and review of materials, we are entering a significant planning process, both operationally and on the clinical planning side. We are getting familiar with the service area of Holy Spirit, their clinical program offerings and how we may look to bring more clinical expertise and round out those offerings. We are also engaging their medical staff on how we can grow their practices and grow the service delivery of Holy Spirit.”
He explains how the idea came about for a partnership. Trembulak said, “We actually responded to a request for a proposal from Holy Spirit Health System back about eight to ten months ago as they were seeking to look for a strategic partner. As we went through this process, we were very pleased to be selected by their board.”
Trembulak says they are in a familiar place with Holy Spirit saying, “We acquired a Catholic hospital in the past. In 2005, we acquired Wilkes-Barre Mercy, and so we are familiar with the requirements of a Catholic institution. We are quite comfortable as we go through this process with Holy Spirit, in understanding their ethical and religious guidelines that we are committed to following at that institution going forward.”
And he says the two hospital systems have plenty in common. Trembulak explained, “Holy Spirit is primarily focused on patient care and what is good for the community. We see a great opportunity and synergy in our cultures.”
This is Geisinger’s latest step in operating additional hospitals. They recently began operating Shamokin Hospital and Bloomsburg Hospital, and are pursuing the operation of Lewistown Hospital. (Ali Stevens)