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Upper Allegheny Health System Name Chosen For New Parent Company

Posted on: 03/23/2009


Bradford Regional Medical Center and Olean General Hospital officials have announced the name of the new company that will serve as a parent organization for the two hospitals.  In October 2008, officials announced plans to begin a year-long process to build a new integrated health care system involving both hospitals.  This week’s announcement coincides with the midway mark in that regulatory and planning process.  According to officials, the new parent company will be called Upper Allegheny Health System, a name chosen by the Steering Committee overseeing the integration efforts of the hospitals and approved by the respective hospital Boards of Directors.

“The name certainly reflects the geography and the region in which both hospitals are located, and it will hopefully resonate with the 150,000 residents the new organization will serve,” said Timothy J. Finan, president and CEO at Olean General Hospital.

The Upper Allegheny Health System name was chosen because of the proximity of both organizations to the Allegheny River, Allegheny National Forest, and Allegheny foothills.  The spelling was chosen as the most commonly used variation throughout the communities. A logo and tag line, Creating the Path to Regional Care, were also developed to visually represent the new parent company.

“We wanted the logo to encapsulate what we're trying to accomplish here,” said George Leonhardt, president and CEO of Bradford Regional Medical Center.  “We believe it not only ties together our mission of collaborative health care in the two communities, but represents the strong similarities of the communities in Olean and Bradford and the singular mission we all share in meeting the health care needs of all our residents.”

While a name has been chosen and approved by both hospitals’ Boards of Directors, the process of integrating the two hospitals is still expected to last until late in 2009.

“We have completed the due diligence portion of the process,” said Mr. Finan.  “And now that each hospital has had the chance to thoroughly review the detailed workings of each other, we’re proceeding with the development of the requisite regulatory filings.”

This work is expected to be completed late in March 2009 and submitted to both the State of New York and Pennsylvania for regulatory review, a process expected to take several months.

“Each state has its own process for reviewing the proposal and determining what is necessary in order to approve it,” said Mr. Leonhardt.  For the past several months, the process has involved participation by staff from both hospitals throughout all levels of each organization. 

“We’re extremely appreciative of the support and cooperation of all of our employees in this process.  Their input is invaluable in helping us create a future to care for all the communities we serve,” the hospital president noted.

Once approval is received, the Upper Allegheny Health System parent company will assume operational control of both hospitals.  Both Bradford Regional Medical Center and Olean General Hospital will continue to exist as individual hospital entities.

Bradford Regional Medical Center is a state-of-the-art, 119-bed acute-care hospital and 95-bed adjacent nursing home and a network of inpatient, outpatient care centers and home health services in northwest Pennsylvania.  A new $15 million Outpatient Services Center opened in 2007 on its Bradford, Pa., campus, launching Centers of Excellence in Cardiology, Oncology/Hematology, Behavioral Health and Surgical Services, with Neurosciences and Sleep Disorders as well as Medical Aesthetics as premiere services. In 2008, a $3.5 million Emergency Department expansion and renovation was completed.  Information about BRMC services is available at

Olean General Hospital, founded in 1898, is a 186-bed community hospital in Olean, N.Y. providing healthcare to a service area of approximately 100,000 residents. The hospital provides a comprehensive array of programs and services.  Olean General Hospital has been designated a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals Performance Improvement Leader. For more information, visit the Olean General Hospital website at

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