The Huntingdon, PA-based J.C. Blair Health System has officially joined Penn Highlands Healthcare, effective June 1. J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital, a 71-bed, non-profit community hospital, is now known as Penn Highlands Huntingdon, making it the fifth hospital in the Penn Highlands Healthcare system. Juniper advised J.C. Blair on the transaction.
Juniper designed for J.C. Blair an effective and efficient process tailored for its complex circumstances that achieved the key partnership objectives set forth by the Board of Directors:
- Protect and expand high-quality acute care services and jobs in the community
- Preserve a meaningful local role in the hospital’s governance
Juniper specifically tailored the partnership process to address J.C. Blair’s unique ownership structure, given that a separate, large regional health system owned a minority interest in the hospital. The transaction included concurrent negotiations with the minority owner to ensure J.C. Blair’s full membership interest was conveyed to Penn Highlands Healthcare, meeting the needs of the hospital and all constituents involved in the transaction.
“This affiliation represents an exciting new chapter in our growth,” said Steven M. Fontaine, Chief Executive Officer of Penn