Grand View Health, Penn Med Renew ‘Alliance’ Contract

Grand View Hospital is building a new six story pavilion (at top) at its Sellersville location that is scheduled to open in July 2023

SELLERSVILLE PA – A strategic alliance between Penn Medicine and Grand View Health, which began during August 2018 as an effort to develop collaborative services at Grand View Hospital that would provide comprehensive care while keeping patients closer to home, as been extended for an additional five years.

A joint announcement on renewing the relationship was issued Tuesday (June 7, 2022).

Besides extending the “time frame of the engagement into 2027,” Grand View Health said the contract renewal includes terms that “strengthen the collaboration,” and anticipates “significant additional program development.” Its announcement did not offer specifics on how terms were strengthened, or what levels of remuneration, if any, exist between the parties.

Grand View Health operates outpatient centers in Pennsburg and Harleysville, an urgent care center in Kulpsville, and a variety of health care facilities and medical offices across other portions of Montgomery and Bucks counties. Its partnership with Philadelphia-based Penn Medicine “is flourishing, with programs in cancer (including radiation oncology), trauma, neurosciences, and orthopaedics,” it said.

Penn describes itself as “one of the world’s leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care.” It, its affiliated School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and the university-related health system together “form a $9.9 billion enterprise,” it said.

A total of 58 Penn Medicine physicians currently serve on the medical staff at Grand View Hospital, representing about 15 percent of the hospital’s physicians, it said.

“The world has changed considerably in the four years since the inception of our strategic alliance,” Grand View Health President and CEO Douglas Hughes explained. “Our community is growing, and we are expanding to meet (its) needs. We’re exploring every avenue possible to ensure we are always ready to deliver the highest quality of care close to home, and our alliance with Penn Medicine is one more way we’re making good on that promise.”

Last September, the announcement noted, Grand View Health and Penn Medicine worked together to earn Level II Trauma Center accreditation for Grand View. Since then the center has provided trauma care for nearly 700 patients, including 67 who received critical care transportation to Penn via the PennSTAR program.

The collaboration is centered on offering patients “access to the highest level of health care” within the Grand View community, University of Pennsylvania Health System CEO Kevin B. Mahoney added.

“When it’s a tough case, we want to be able to help them through the specialized expertise available at our Philadelphia campuses,” Mahoney acknowledged, “but as much as possible, we’re focused on meeting the patient’s needs and their family’s needs close to where they live. Together, we’re giving patients as many options as possible.”

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