KANE — Kane Community Hospital (KCH) and UPMC Hamot Thursday announced a formal affiliation agreement to integrate KCH into the UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) network to expand access to quality health care services in the region.

The hospital now will be officially known as UPMC Kane.

The affiliation agreement, effective April 1, has been approved by board members and leaders from the two health systems. It enables UPMC Kane to provide the community with the specialty expertise and resources of UPMC, a world-class academic medical center and integrated health care delivery and finance system currently ranked No. 12 on the prestigious U.S. News & World Report annual Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals.

KCH and UPMC Hamot, located in Erie, integrated in 2010 after a decade-long partnership that involved the extension of UPMC Hamot’s cardiology services, shared education and staffing, after-hours pharmacy coverage and a sophisticated telemedicine program.

“Affiliating with UPMC Hamot enables us to advance health care in our community,” J. Gary Rhodes, UPMC Kane president, said. “Our board members support a partnership that more fully integrates Kane into the UPMC system, by more closely aligning the governance, management and operations of Kane and UPMC Hamot.”

As part of the affiliation, UPMC Kane will function as a direct subsidiary of UPMC Hamot. UPMC Hamot has committed to invest up to $1 million annually over the next five years to fund capital projects at UPMC Kane. UPMC Hamot also will support Kane’s construction of a proposed $6 million physician office building. UPMC Hamot and UPMC Kane will be operated by a single management team and will work to grow outpatient services in the Kane service area.

“We welcome Kane into the UPMC network,” said David Gibbons, president of UPMC Hamot. “UPMC has a long track record of successful affiliations with outstanding community hospitals, and this will be no exception as we work together to strengthen services in the years to come.”

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