Nanticoke to partner with Peninsula Regional Health System

SEAFORD — After an 18-month search, Nanticoke Health Services, based in Seaford, has announced that it will affiliate with Peninsula Regional Health System to delivery health care and enhance medical services for residents in Sussex County.

“For more than 65 years, Nanticoke’s singular mission has been to provide for the healthcare needs of the western Sussex communities. This mission has not and will not change. However, we recognize that healthcare is rapidly evolving. Building a stronger healthcare system will be necessary to continue to provide quality care for patients and to enhance what the Nanticoke team and our community have built together,” said Steve Rose, RN, MN, president and CEO of Nanticoke Health Services.

“Over the past 18 months, the Nanticoke Health Services Board of Directors evaluated multiple organizations and concluded Peninsula Regional is well equipped to help us accomplish this goal. Additionally, we share a similar culture and commitment to community. Combined, our two organizations will create a strong healthcare system for the Delmarva Peninsula.”

Nanticoke officials said the first step will be for the two organizations to sign a letter of intent, which will enable the health systems to begin formal due diligence discussions and formulate a definitive agreement for affiliation. Together the two organizations will work to continually improve quality, expand access to services, enhance patient experience and support the overall community health and wellness for our patients across Delmarva, officials said.

“PRHS and Nanticoke look forward to exploring integration and how best to provide care to the communities we serve,” said PRHS President/CEO Steven Leonard, MBA, FACHE. “We are honored to have been selected by Nanticoke in this process. Peninsula Regional has a strong history of providing high-quality care to the entire region. Our efforts have been focused on enhancing the quality of our complex, hospital-based services while improving access and the health of our communities.”

Nanticoke Health Services has been serving Sussex County since 1952. Today, it includes a 99-bed inpatient unit, outpatient diagnostic and therapy services with several locations throughout the county and has been nationally recognized by Healthgrades with its Patient Safety Excellence Award and Outstanding Patient Experience Award. Nanticoke also includes the Nanticoke Physician Network, a group of more than 60 employed physicians and healthcare providers as well as three immediate care locations.

Peninsula Regional Health System offers a wide array of specialty and subspecialty services and is centered on Peninsula Regional Medical Center, which was established in 1897. The eighth largest hospital in Maryland, it has 288 acute care beds.

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