Jefferson Manor Health Center and Penn Highlands Healthcare Sign Letter of Intent for Affiliation

October 03, 2018

The Boards of Directors of both Jefferson Manor Health Center and Penn Highlands Healthcare have signed a letter of intent designed to pave the way for Jefferson Manor Health Center to become affiliated with Penn Highlands Healthcare.

The affiliation, which is expected to take effect in early 2019, is designed to strengthen the delivery of skilled nursing, personal care and independent living services provided by the Brookville based continuing care retirement community, Jefferson Manor Health Center. The mission of Penn Highlands Healthcare is to provide exceptional care through its community-based health system while maintaining a reverence for life. “That mission is an outstanding fit for our organization,” said Dr. H. Ed Richards, vice chair of the Jefferson Manor Health Center Board.  “Jefferson Manor Health Center has always been committed to providing the highest standard of care and quality of life for our residents.  Penn Highlands Healthcare’s culture is a perfect fit,” he added.

“An affiliation with Penn Highlands Healthcare will allow a greater opportunity for Jefferson Manor Health Center to continue to provide quality long-term care services for our residents close to their family and friends,” added Misty Fleming, Administrator of Jefferson Manor Health Center.

According to Ron King, chair of the Penn Highlands Healthcare Board, “the affiliation of Jefferson Manor Health Center will expand the post-acute care strategy that the health system has recently embarked on.”  “As patients continue to receive more healthcare services outside the traditional hospital setting, partnering with non-hospital providers will position Penn Highlands Healthcare for the future,” he added.

“We are thrilled to be working toward an affiliation with Jefferson Manor Health Center,” said Steve Fontaine, CEO of Penn Highlands Healthcare. “As with all of our affiliations, we know Jefferson Manor Health Center will be successful at sharing our vision to be the integrated health system of choice through excellent quality, service and outcomes.”

The signing of the letter of intent means that Jefferson Manor Health Center and Penn Highlands Healthcare have agreed to general terms and conditions of a prospective affiliation. Throughout the next few months, both parties will engage in additional due diligence, research and discussions to work toward a definitive agreement. While this process is subject to customary regulatory review, officials from both organizations hope to complete the affiliation process by the end of 2018.

About Jefferson Manor Health Center

Jefferson Manor Health Center is a continuing care retirement community located in Brookville, Pennsylvania.  Jefferson Manor Health Center offers residents care through its full complement of living arrangements on its campus, including 160 skilled nursing beds (Jefferson Manor), 48 personal care beds (Jefferson Court) and 5 independent living residences (Jefferson Suites).  Jefferson Manor Health Center employs approximately 175 staff members.  Jefferson Manor also provides comprehensive physical, occupational and speech therapy services as well as a secure dementia/behavioral unit for its residents.

Jefferson Manor Health Center is committed to being the most caring and progressive provider of extended care in the area by promoting the highest standard of care and quality of life for its residents.

About Penn Highlands Healthcare

Penn Highlands Healthcare was officially formed on September 30, 2011, and is comprised of four hospitals – Penn Highlands Brookville, Penn Highlands Clearfield, Penn Highlands DuBois and Penn Highlands Elk that have served area communities for the past 100 years. Its business continuum also includes a home care agency, Penn Highlands Community Nurses; a long-term care facility, Pinecrest Manor; and a senior residential living facility, Elco Glen.

Through this partnership, Penn Highlands Healthcare has evolved into an organization with approximately 3,582 workers in 100+ locations throughout 12 counties in North Central/Western Pennsylvania that include community medical buildings, outpatient facilities, surgery centers and physician practices.

Providing exceptional quality care to the region, it has 341 physicians and 126 advanced practice providers on staff. The facilities have a total of 484 inpatient beds. The system offers a wide-range of care and treatments with specialty units that care for cancer, cardiovascular/thoracic, lung, neonatal and high-risk pregnancy patients.

Being focused on what is important – patients and families – makes Penn Highlands Healthcare the best choice in the region.