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WHS and UPMC Affiliation2024-06-05T10:55:32-04:00

           

Washington Health System and UPMC Complete Affiliation
Preserving health care and protecting jobs across Washington and Greene counties

WASHINGTON, Pa., June 1, 2024 Washington Health System is pleased to announce it has officially joined UPMC, becoming UPMC Washington and UPMC Greene.

In June of 2023, the Boards of Directors of Washington Health System (WHS) and UPMC announced an affiliation agreement between the two entities that would integrate WHS into the UPMC system. One year later, on June 1, 2024, that affiliation became official, ensuring a future of excellent patient care for residents of Washington, Greene and surrounding counties.

“We are elated that the affiliation is complete and look forward to starting a new chapter of collaboration with UPMC,” said Brook Ward, president of UPMC Washington and UPMC Greene. “This affiliation protects the vitality of an essential community asset and solidifies a healthy future for Washington and Greene counties for generations to come.”

UPMC has committed to invest at least $300 million over 10 years to enhance clinical services and upgrade facilities at UPMC Washington and UPMC Greene. These investments by UPMC, combined with contributions the WHS Foundation has made and will continue to make, ensures UPMC Washington and UPMC Greene can provide state-of-the-art health care for local residents for years to come and maintain its position as one of the largest employers in Washington and Greene counties.

“Our focus is on ensuring residents have access to life-saving services and advanced care that is sustainable into the future and preserving jobs of our talented health care workers,” said Ward. “The community is gaining close-to-home access to the nationally recognized, high-specialty care of UPMC. Our local capabilities will expand, creating a destination for world-class care in southwestern Pennsylvania.”

Clinical collaborations between WHS and UPMC for oncology (UPMC Hillman Cancer Center joint venture), pediatric specialties (UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh), women’s health (UPMC Magee-Womens) and heart and vascular care (UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute), have been in place for more than a decade, providing care for more than 10,000 patients annually. UPMC will continue to invest in and advance key services locally, including inpatient and emergency care, women’s health, cardiology, surgical services, diagnostics, primary care and specialty and outpatient services.

“UPMC has a long, successful track record of affiliations with like-minded organizations. We know how essential these hospitals are to this region to preserve needed health care services and livelihoods of thousands touched by them, and we are thrilled to welcome UPMC Washington and UPMC Greene to UPMC,” said Leslie C. Davis, president and CEO of UPMC.

UPMC Washington and UPMC Greene will maintain a local Board of Directors consisting of 11 legacy WHS board members and five newly appointed members from UPMC.

The affiliation does not affect community members’ in-network access to WHS hospitals or doctors. UPMC Washington, UPMC Greene and their affiliated outpatient facilities will continue to honor the contracts that are in place with regional and national insurers.

A formal celebration of the affiliation and a press conference will be announced in the coming days.

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About UPMC

UPMC is a world-renowned, nonprofit health care provider and insurer committed to delivering exceptional, people-centered care, and community services. Headquartered in Pittsburgh and affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC is shaping the future of health through clinical and technological innovation, research, and education. Dedicated to advancing the well-being of our diverse communities, we provide more than $1 billion every year in community benefits, more than any other health system in Pennsylvania. Our 100,000 employees — including more than 5,000 physicians — care for patients across 40 hospitals and 800 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites in Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland, as well as overseas. UPMC Insurance Services covers more than 4 million members with a focus on providing the highest-quality care at the most affordable price. To learn more, visit UPMC.com.

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Frequently Asked Questions

General

Washington Health System (WHS) officially became UPMC Washington and UPMC Greene on June 1, affiliating with and becoming a part of the UPMC network to ensure a future of high-quality patient care for Washington, Greene, and surrounding communities for generations to come.

UPMC has no plans to close or relocate services outside of the county. An affiliation with UPMC will greatly expand the availability of health services in the communities that WHS serves, as has occurred in all other UPMC affiliations. UPMC has promised to preserve the long-term health and vitality of WHS and the communities it serves for many years to come.

Jobs/Employees

Washington Hospital currently has a collective bargaining agreement in place with the SEIU through February of 2025, which would stay in place in accordance with its terms. Any modifications to the current agreement will therefore be subject to good faith bargaining. UPMC currently works with more than 20 bargaining units across its system in addition to employing thousands of union workers who are helping UPMC build and enhance its facilities and services.

While elements of the employment packages of non-unionized employees will change, base pay of those employees will not change as a result of the transaction.  UPMC evaluates the market annually to ensure that its wages are competitive in each of its operating areas and will do the same for employees working in Washington and Greene Counties.

UPMC’s world-class benefit plans will also be introduced, with more offerings than those that are currently available.

No – UPMC will invest in its employees and improve benefits offerings. UPMC aims to transition all WHS employees who are interested in continuing their careers with UPMC Washington. Each employee will be afforded the world-class UPMC benefits, many of which meet or exceed those that they receive through WHS.

Insurance

Access to care will not be interrupted, regardless of patient insurance plans. UPMC provider locations accept national and local health insurance plans, and WHS currently has numerous clinical arrangements and joint ventures with UPMC that have provided subscribers to all major and regional insurance plans with exceptional care.

As of now, there is no change in health insurances that will be accepted at any WHS site of service. UPMC provider locations accept national and local health insurance plans, and WHS currently has numerous clinical arrangements and joint ventures with UPMC that have provided subscribers to all major and regional insurance plans with exceptional care. Following the affiliation, it is expected that all major insurances will continue to be accepted as they are today, but please contact your insurer for more information.

Pension

Any previous Washington Hospital employee who is currently collecting a pension from L&G Banner will be unaffected by the affiliation with UPMC. Pension payments will continue as they have in the past.

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