Lancaster, PA – October 15, 2018
The three health systems that own Affilia Home Health announced plans today to amicably dissolve the not-for-profit agency on January 1, 2019, and establish home-centered services that are even more coordinated for their respective patients and communities. Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, Tower Health and UPMC Pinnacle plan a seamless transition – with no interruption in care for existing Affilia patients – that will enhance home-health options available in and throughout the communities served by each respective entity.
UPMC Pinnacle will retain the Affilia employees currently serving in its service area near Harrisburg and will offer services under UPMC Pinnacle. Tower Health will retain the Affilia employees in its service area near Reading, and Home Health Care Management, which includes Berks VNA, Pottstown VNA, and Advantage Home Care will become part of Tower Health. LG Health will retain Affilia employees in its service area and will continue to provide services under the Affilia brand.
“This move will enable us to better integrate homecare services into our overall coordination of services Lancaster General Health offers to the communities we serve,” said Jan Bergen, president and CEO, LG Health.
Affilia and its three health system owners will issue updates over the next several weeks to Affilia’s patients and network of referral partners and insurers to ensure a smooth transition of care and introduction of new services in the region.
“Employers and payers value health systems that are able to provide a more coordinated network of care for patients, across the continuum,” said Tammy Ober, Vice President of Operations, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, managing partner for Affilia. “Each of us will broaden the clinical expertise we possess through our association with much larger health systems, such as Penn Medicine, to deliver even higher quality and value to our patients and communities.”
LG Health and Reading Hospital & Medical Center (now Tower Health) merged their home-health services in 2003. UPMC Pinnacle joined in 2012, creating the current membership of Affilia Home Health.
Home health care enables patients to recover, or live with an illness, in the comfort of their homes, surrounded by family and friends. Through providing care, education and support, clinical staff educates patients regarding how to monitor and care for themselves. Studies show that patients who stay at home, or return home after hospitalization, often recover more quickly. Common conditions that may require home health care include diabetes, heart and lung disease, cancer, stroke, and rehabilitation after surgery.