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Geisinger and SUN Home Health & Hospice comprehensive integration agreement approved

gsDANVILLE, Pa.—Geisinger Community Health Services (GCHS) and SUN Home Health & Hospice (SUN) announced today that they have received regulatory approval of the comprehensive integration agreement by which SUN Home Health & Hospice is now part of Geisinger Health System. The agreement allows the organizations to work more closely together to benefit patients in need of home healthcare, hospice and other supportive medical services.

“We are pleased to welcome SUN Home Health & Hospice to the Geisinger family. Together, we can greatly enhance the patient experience, helping them stay at home with their families while recovering from surgery, dealing with a chronic illness or facing the challenges associated with aging,” said Geisinger Health System Vice President for Population Health Denise B. Prince. “We are excited to work with an organization that shares our passion for quality and service, and we are confident this integration will benefit patients and their families.”

“We look forward to this new chapter for the organization and are happy to be part of Geisinger Health System. Our patients and the community at large will benefit from this integration, assuring individuals and their families are provided the highest quality, cost effective home healthcare possible” said SUN Home Health & Hospice President/Chief Executive Officer Steven Richard.

About Geisinger Health System

Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development of innovative care models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As the nation’s largest rural health services organization, Geisinger serves more than 2.6 million residents throughout 44 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. The physician-led system is comprised of more than 20,800 employees, including a 1,000-member multi-specialty group practice, eight hospital campuses, two research centers and a 450,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $6.1 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. The health system and the health plan have repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on Twitter and Facebook.

About SUN Home Health & Hospice

SUN Home Health & Hospice, from 7 branch office locations, provides a wide range of specialized home healthcare services to help patients throughout 14 central Pennsylvania counties maintain their independence at home and to avoid the costs associated with institutional care if homecare is a safe alternative. Certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Health, SUN Home Health & Hospice is a Medicare certified provider of home health and hospice care as well as licensed to provide private care services. SUN Home Health & Hospice also operates the SUN Home Hospice Care Center, the area’s only inpatient hospice unit, and offers the 24 hour Information and Referral Center staffed by licensed nurses with access to the organization’s electronic medical record allowing for enhanced patient care. SUN Home Health & Hospice is a participating provider in most major insurance and managed care plans. For more information, visit www.sunhomehealth.com.