CAMP HILL, Pa. (WHTM) – Geisinger and Penn State Health announced Tuesday they have signed a letter of intent to transfer ownership of Holy Spirit Health System.
The transfer includes Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, its affiliated outpatient practices and urgent care centers, and the Ortenzio Heart Center.
The transaction still needs regulatory approval. The target date for completion is by June 30, 2020.
Holy Spirit joined Geisinger in October 2014.
“It was decided that the best thing for the community, our patients and staff is that we look to move into an agreement with Penn State Health to be the owner and operator of Holy Spirit,” Geisinger chief administrative officer, Kyle Snyder said.
Penn State CEO Steve Massini said ownership of Holy Spirit Hospital would not affect Penn State Health’s plans to open Hampden Medical Center, a 108-bed hospital under construction in nearby Hampden Township.
“As we build that hospital, there’s a lot of infrastructure, medical office buildings, physician providers that are needed, so we think it could complement our position as we strengthen and open that marketplace,” Massini said.
“The agreement with Penn State Health really helps us to be able to make sure we don’t duplicate services on the West Shore,” Snyder said.
Massini and Snyder said it’s too early to tell which services will be offered at each location.
“We personally believe as an organization that having care close to home, where families work and live is the right thing for the patient,” Massini said.
Massini said Penn State Health intends to honor Holy Spirit’s Catholic tradition and sponsorship by the Sisters of Christian Charity.