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Parkview, Wabash County Hospital to pursue affiliation

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 1:48 pm

Wabash County Hospital and Parkview Health will pursue some degree of affiliation, although what that relationship will entail hasn’t been decided yet.

Parkview Health on Wednesday announced the hospitals’ intent to pursue an affiliation agreement. The Wabash County Hospital Board of Trustees recently agreed to sign a letter of intent as the next step in the process of forming an affiliation with Parkview Health.

“The structure of the affiliation will be defined over the coming months,” Parkview Health said in a press release Wednesday.

The WCH board began exploring the possibility of an affiliation nearly six months ago. The rapidly changing healthcare environment and changes in reimbursement among other factors all contributed to their decision, according to the news release.

“The letter of intent is the next step in the affiliation process. Once it is signed, we will begin negotiations with Parkview Health,” said Marilyn Custer-Mitchell, president and CEO, Wabash County Hospital, in the release. “We are excited to be working further with Parkview Health and look forward to our ongoing discussions. They are a well-respected organization with strong leadership and quality physicians.”

Wabash County Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital. Founded in 1919, the hospital offers the community a wide array of services including but not limited to inpatient care, cancer treatment, cardiology, home health care and hospice, 24-hour emergency services, physical therapy and sports medicine.

Parkview Health is a not-for-profit, community-based health system with 8,700 employees including more than 300 physicians and providers within Parkview Physicians Group. Parkview Health serves northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio and is made up of eight hospitals throughout the region including facilities in Allen, Huntington, Whitley, Noble and LaGrange counties.