News Release
  September 4, 2013

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Penn Medicine Announces Chester County Hospital and Health System as a New Member of the University of Pennsylvania Health System

PHILADELPHIA — The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and the Board of Directors of The Chester County Hospital and Health System (TCCHHS) today announced TCCHHS as a new member of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. TCCHHS includes a 245-bed hospital complex in West Chester and satellite locations in Exton, West Goshen, New Garden, Jennersville and Kennett Square. The announcement serves as the final step of plans put in motion earlier this year by Penn Medicine and TCCHSS to form a strategic corporate partnership.

"With Chester County Hospital and Health System becoming a member of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, we hope to further expand the depth and breadth of quality health care services that Penn Medicine provides to the greater Southeastern Pennsylvania region,” said Ralph W. Muller, chief executive officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. “As one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care, we plan to provide unparalleled access and support to both patients and staff at TCCHHS.”

TCCHHS currently offers a variety of inpatient and outpatient medical/surgical services, including interventional cardiovascular services, open heart surgery, oncology, radiation oncology and comprehensive maternal/infant health services. The health system also offers home health and hospice care; skilled nursing care; occupational and employee healthcare; professional and technical education; outpatient laboratory; radiology and physical therapy services; prenatal care and gynecological care centers for the underserved; and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.

“For 120 years, we have served our community with the highest quality health care,” said William W. Wylie, Jr., chairman of The Chester County Hospital and Health System Board of Directors, “and now, as one of Penn’s prestigious hospitals, we will have the resources, knowledge and expertise of one of the top academic health systems in the country right here in Chester County.”

“This is an exciting time for our organization,” commented Michael J. Duncan, president and CEO of The Chester County Hospital and Health System. “We will now blend the best of Chester County Hospital with the remarkable achievements of Penn Medicine to create one of the leading hospitals in the Philadelphia suburbs.”

The new affiliation will expand current strategic programs between Penn Medicine and TCCHHS, such as membership in the Penn Cancer Network, and foster additional collaboration to identify new programs and technology that can be brought to the community.

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Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $4.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 17 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $392 million awarded in the 2013 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania -- recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Penn Presbyterian Medical Center; Chester County Hospital; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2013, Penn Medicine provided $814 million to benefit our community.