Jefferson and Lehigh Valley Health Network formally agree to merge

The collaboration between Philadelphia-based Jefferson and Allentown, Pa.-based Lehigh Valley Health Network has resulted in a merger agreement that will create a 30-hospital system with over 700 care sites. The decision to unite was made in December, following the signing of a non-binding letter of intent.

The merger will result in a vast network of over 65,000 employees and will provide new educational opportunities for current physicians, as well as recruitment possibilities. The collaborative system aims to enhance health plan access, improve financial stability, and pave the way for greater investments in new technologies and improved patient outcomes.

Joseph Cacchione, MD, the current CEO of Jefferson, will retain his position after the merger. Brian Nester, DO, the president and CEO of LVHN, will become the executive vice president and COO of Jefferson, overseeing the legacy LVHN as president. Both leaders will work closely together, with Dr. Nester reporting to Dr. Cacchione.

Dr. Baligh Yehia will join Jefferson as the executive vice president and chief transformation officer, as well as president of the legacy Jefferson health. Dr. Yehia will report to Dr. Cacchione and play a key role in the leadership team. The merged system will have an integrated board of trustees and leadership team consisting of representatives from both organizations.

Until the merger is finalized, Jefferson and LVHN will continue to operate independently. This collaboration between two health systems is expected to create a stronger, more connected healthcare network that benefits patients, employees

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