Pottstown VNA, Other Units To Merge With Tower

The former East High Street home of the Visiting Nurse Association of Pottstown

POTTSTOWN PA – The Visiting Nurse Association of Pottstown and Vicinity, formerly located on East High Street in Sanatoga, and its Wyomissing PA-based non-profit corporate parent, Home Health Care Management Inc., have been acquired by Tower Health and will become part of a new community health care division branded as “Tower Health at Home.”

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed by Tower in a statement it released Thursday (Oct. 11, 2018) about the change.

The fast-growing non-profit medical services organization owns Pottstown Hospital and Phoenixville Hospital. Within months it also is expected to complete its purchase of the Premier Urgent Care Centers chain with sites in Limerick, Oaks, Douglassville, Exton, and Lansdale. That merger was announced only 10 days ago.

Tower characterized its new plans for home health care expansion as part of a reorganization of a company, Affilia Home Health, which it formed during 2014. Its partners in the venture were the Lancaster General Health arm of Penn Medicine, and UPMC Pinnacle, part of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center system. That partnership will be “amicably” dissolved Jan. 1 (2019), Tower said.

Affilia employees who worked in Tower’s area of the partnership will be retained, it said, and will join Home Health Care Management with the Pottstown VNA, the Berks VNA, and its Advantage Home Care units. The larger company “will become part of Tower Health, and its home health services will be delivered across the Tower Health service area” under the new brand identity.

Tower said it does not anticipate the reorganization will affect any jobs. It also offered assurances that care for current home health patients “will continue without any interruptions.”

“We have worked well with our partners in Affilia,” Tower Health President and CEO Clint Matthews said in the statement. “Our decision to leave reflects the different ways in which each organization seeks to meet its individual goals.”

“For Tower Health,” Matthews continued, “this action expands our ability to find ways of better managing the health care needs of the communities we serve … We will be able to focus our efforts on further advancing the quality and value of our home health care services. Home health plays a vitally important role in the continuum of care and advances our ability to provide access to the right care at the right time and the right place.”

Tower said it will work in coming months with Affilia employees, the VNAs’ leadership and employees, referring physicians, and patients to assist with answering questions about the transition and to plan for 2019.

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