Lancaster General Health (LG Health), a not-for-profit health system located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) have partnered to jointly develop innovative programmes and initiatives to improve patient care, research and education.

The main aim of the alliance is to elevate the quality of care, reduce costs and to improve the health of their patient population more broadly by leveraging the expertise and knowledge of the leaders and clinicians at the two systems.

Lancaster General Health president and CEO Dr Thomas E Beeman said that through the alliance, UPHS will help the hospital strengthen and expand its ability to care for its local community.

"It will enable us to closely coordinate and expedite the care for patients requiring specialised services in a quaternary setting," Dr Beeman added.

In addition to focusing on oncology and joint efforts in other clinical areas, including gastrointestinal surgery and specialised breast reconstruction surgery for women with breast cancer, the two systems will explore opportunities for partnering in trauma, cardiovascular care, genetics, neurosciences and other specialities.

As part of the alliance, the two health systems plan to enhance the breadth and scope of clinical education and medical research available at both health systems, as well as at the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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"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."

Additionally, both systems hope to expand the number of Penn medical students and residents spending time at Lancaster General Hospital.

LG Health is already a member of Pennsylvania Cancer Network. Penn specialists help with patient care for specialised procedures with breast and GI cancers at LG Health’s Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute.

UPHS CEO Ralph W Muller said that the new alliance will enable UPHS and LG Health to strengthen their already-successful collaborative efforts, while building new ones in the clinical, teaching and research space.

"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," Muller added.

Lancaster General Health (LG Health) is a 623-licensed bed health system with a comprehensive network of care encompassing Lancaster General Hospital (LGH) and Women & Babies Hospital, including a Level III-B Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.