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setting that enhances patient healing as well as patient and family
comfort - all with a focus on health and wellness.
Berks County residents have had access to these services since the
Reading HealthPlex opened in October 2016. Now, Tower Health
patients beyond Berks County have access to that care as well.
Tower Health's acquisition of the five hospitals, all previously
owned by Community Health Systems, was initiated when Reading
Health executed an asset purchase agreement on May 25, 2017.
The acquisition was finalized on
October 1, 2017, and the hospitals began
operating as Tower Health that day.
Tower Health provides the best of both worlds for patients: strong
local hospitals where dedicated physicians and employees create a
hometown environment of healing, caring and connection, AND
a regional health system that enhances professional collaboration
and economies of scale for the benefit of patients.
Each hospital plays an important role in the health and wellness
of its community. For example, in Berks County, Reading Hospital
has committed nearly $1 billion in unreimbursed direct patient
care, professional educational and clinical research, and community
health improvement over the past six years. Reading Hospital is
a committed community partner dedicated to improving the
quality of life for all residents. It strives to engage its employees in
community service as well, offering employees one paid workday
a year to volunteer in activities coordinated through the hospital
to benefit a local nonprofit organization.
The recent acquisition and addition of the new hospitals has
strategically transformed the former Reading Health System into a
regional health system that today offers some of the most advanced
care in Berks, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.
Reading Hospital's commitment to a culture of excellence and
high-quality, cost-effective, compassionate, community-based
healthcare is as strong as ever.
"We are excited by the formation of Tower Health and this
opportunity to unleash the power of our collective team to enhance
the health and well-being of residents in our region," Matthews
says. "Together, we are delivering on our Tower Health promise
of Advancing Health and Transforming Lives."
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