Heritage Valley completes affiliation with Ohio Valley Hospital

Friday, February 8, 2019 | 6:03 AM

An affiliation between Heritage Valley Health System and Ohio Valley Hospital is official, enabling the McKees Rock-based hospital to expand its medical staff and clinical services and fund capital projects.

According to Suzanne Sakson, spokeswoman for Heritage Valley Health System, there have been changes within the board of directors, but “no overarching staffing changes.”

“The affiliation enables Heritage Valley Health System and Ohio Valley Hospital to develop synergies among physicians and explore opportunities to expand access to more clinical specialties,” she said in an email. “Currently, services from the organizations and community health needs are under assessment to determine arrangements that will enhance care.”

Both organizations retain their boards of directors for now, but over the next three years, they will be consolidated.

The president and CEO of Ohio Valley Hospital, David Scott, retired Dec. 31 and joined the Ohio Valley Hospital board as secretary. Michael Miller is the president and CEO of Ohio Valley Hospital. He formerly served as president of Consolidated Supply Chain Services LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Heritage Valley Health System, and has been a member of Heritage Valley Senior Leadership Team for several years.

The organizations announced plans to unite in May, and after a period of due diligence during which they worked to finalize the agreement, received regulatory approval Jan. 1.

Ohio Valley Hospital now will be a subsidiary of the health system.

A news release states the hospital has been “challenged over past years by increasing operating costs and decreasing reimbursement.”

Ohio Valley Hospital, Senior Living at the Willows, wound care and pain management services will remain in the Kennedy Township-McKees Rocks community.

Sakson said the community will benefit from increased access to high-quality care that is a result of affiliation with a regional integrated healthcare delivery system. She named Heritage Valley’s outpatient care at a number of regional locations and additional primary and specialty care physicians as examples.

Sakson said there are no additional specific changes at this time related to the affiliation.

Heritage Valley, which employs 3,500 and more than 480 physicians, provides healthcare to residents of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties, eastern Ohio and the panhandle of West Virginia. There are two hospitals in the system — Heritage Valley Sewickley and Heritage Valley Beaver — as well as 60 physician offices and 18 satellite facilities.

Ohio Valley Hospital has 124 beds and more than 250 physicians.

Natalie Miller is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Natalie at 412-324-1408, [email protected] or via Twitter @natalieNRMiller.