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Pepper Hamilton LLP Advises Hanover Healthcare PLUS on Affiliation with UPMC Pinnacle

9/06/2017
Pepper Hamilton LLP Advises Hanover Healthcare PLUS on Affiliation with UPMC Pinnacle

In the latest in a wave of hospital mergers and affiliations in Pennsylvania, Hanover Healthcare PLUS, the parent company of Hanover Hospital, affiliated with the newly formed UPMC Pinnacle on September 1, 2017.  Pepper Hamilton LLP represented Hanover in the transaction.

Hanover Healthcare PLUS is a community health care network in Hanover, PA, that includes Hanover Hospital, a 93-bed general medical and surgical hospital. The health care network has more than 1,400 employees. Earlier in 2017, Hanover announced a strategic partnership with PinnacleHealth System, a Harrisburg-based provider of inpatient and outpatient health services throughout central Pennsylvania, including three acute care hospitals.  PinnacleHealth also acquired Carlisle Regional Medical Center, Heart of Lancaster, Lancaster Regional Medical Center and Memorial Hospital of York in July 2017.

On September 1, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), a cutting-edge academic medical center and one of the most highly rated hospital and health care networks in the nation, and PinnacleHealth announced their affiliation into the new UPMC Pinnacle, and on the same day announced the Hanover affiliation with UPMC Pinnacle. UPMC Pinnacle now has more than 2,600 physicians and allied health professionals, and approximately 9,000 employees serve a 10-county area at outpatient facilities and eight acute care hospitals with more than 1,300 licensed beds.

More information on the transaction is available at Hanover’s website.

The Pepper team advising Hanover on the affiliation was led by partners John W. Jones, Jr. and Solomon Hunter, Jr.

“Market dynamics are driving a multitude of changes in health care, not just in Pennsylvania but across the country,” said Mr. Jones, who leads Pepper’s Health Care Transactions Group. “We are pleased we could help Hanover execute on a future-focused strategy for the hospital, its employees and for patients and the community in central Pennsylvania.”

Pepper’s Health Care Transactions Group brings the value of significant health care regulatory experience  together with corporate M&A experience. The group’s lawyers are skilled at navigating the regulations and structuring transactions in compliance with those regulations to get clients to their desired outcomes in a one-stop-shop environment. The group provides comprehensive legal support to health systems, hospitals, academic medical centers, and other health care providers undergoing significant physical, organizational and strategic changes.