FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Wabash County Hospital could become affiliated with Parkview Health in the coming months, according to a statement issued Wednesday by Parkview Health.
The statement said the Wabash County Hospital Board of Trustees has agreed to sign a letter of intent. The letter would be the next step in forming an affiliation.
The structure of the affiliation would be defined in the coming months.
A statement by Wabash County Hospital president and CEO Marilyn Custer-Mitchell said:
“The rapidly changing healthcare environment and changes in reimbursement among other factors all contributed to their decision.”
“The letter of intent is the next step in the affiliation process. Once it is signed, we will begin negotiations with Parkview Health.”
“We are excited to be working further with Parkview Health and look forward to our ongoing discussions. They are a well-respected organization with strong leadership and quality physicians.”
“We share Wabash County Hospital’s excitement as the two organizations look to further explore what the appropriate steps are moving forward,” said Mike Packnett, president and CEO, Parkview Health. “There are a number of opportunities to discuss as we evaluate how we may best work together to serve the Wabash community.”
Wabash County Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital. Founded in 1919, the hospital offers the community a wide array of services including but not limited to inpatient care, cancer treatment, cardiology, home healthcare and hospice, 24-hour emergency services, physical therapy and sports medicine.
Parkview Health is a not-for-profit, community-based health system with 8,700 employees including more than 300 physicians and providers within Parkview Physicians Group. Parkview Health serves northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio and is made up of eight hospitals throughout the region including facilities in Allen, Huntington, Whitley, Noble and LaGrange counties.