The University of Pennsylvania Health System and Lancaster General Health announced Tuesday that the two organizations have formed a partnership to “jointly develop innovative programs and initiatives improving patient care, research and education.”
The action marks the expansion of a pre-existing relationship between UPHS and Lancaster General. Lancaster General — a health system that operates three hospitals and 12 outpatient centers — is already a member of the Penn Cancer Network.
By maintaining membership in this network, which consists of 12 medical centers located in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, patients at Lancaster General’s Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute have access to care from Penn specialists.
In addition to addressing issues in oncology, this “strategic alliance” will help UPHS and Lancaster General to “examine opportunities for collaboration in trauma, cardiovascular care, genetics, neurosciences and other specialties,” according to a press release issued by Lancaster General.
“Ultimately, the sharing of resources and best practices will improve health outcomes for all patients and identify new opportunities to innovate the increasing complex world of health care delivery,” Ralph Muller, CEO of UPHS, said in the press release.