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Northwest Board OKs Merger Agreement, Construction Contract with University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

PITTSBURGH, November 30, 2001 — At its regular monthly meeting today, the Northwest Health System Board of Directors approved the merger between Northwest and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Board of Directors had previously approved the merger between the two health care organizations.

The boards also approved a contract with HBE, Inc., a hospital design and construction firm, based in St. Louis, Mo., for construction of a new hospital facility that is the cornerstone of the merger agreement.

Officials from UPMC and Northwest, at the official closing held at Wanango Country Club today, signed documents establishing the newly formed entity as “ UPMC Northwest.” This culminates more than two years of work to develop not only the merger agreement, but also the construction contract and future site of the new hospital facility.

Gifts, refreshments and copies of the medical center’s newsletter are being distributed to patients, visitors, employees and physicians throughout UPMC Northwest to announce and celebrate the merger.

The first infant born at UPMC Northwest on December 1 (or thereafter) will receive a special gift basket and recognition in the local media.

UPMC Northwest now will concentrate on transitioning into University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s operations, as well as on construction of the new facility in Cranberry Township, Venango County.

John Paul, UPMC executive vice president, said the merger and construction of a new hospital will benefit UPMC because it will allow the Pittsburgh-based system to become a partner with a local organization that already provides high quality health care. “A foundation of excellent care already exists in the Venango County area through Northwest’s physicians and other health care professionals, and through our merger we’re making a commitment to build on this foundation,” Paul said. “We’re eager to offer our specialty care and research capabilities, and to provide the residents of the UPMC Northwest service area with access to world-class health care options usually found only in a major, urban university setting.”

Paul said UPMC is pleased with the merger also because of the economic benefits that will result from the construction of a new hospital. “Building a new facility will both preserve and create employment, and will lead to other development that also will benefit the Venango County area,” he said.

UPMC Northwest CEO Neil Todhunter concurred with Paul’s comments on the merger and said it was a privilege for the Northwest organization to become part of a highly respected health care system such as UPMC. “We’re pleased that local residents will be able to continue their relationships with the physicians and health care professionals they know and trust, and that we’ll be able to offer access to UPMC’s advanced medical technologies,” Todhunter said.

The CEO said the merged organization wants to begin construction of the new hospital as soon as possible, and that some preliminary work at the Cranberry Township property may be completed before groundbreaking ceremonies next spring. “The new hospital will be an exceptional facility that will benefit our patients, our staff and our local economy, and we’re eager to start working on it,” Todhunter said.

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PITTSBURGH, November 30, 2001 — At its regular monthly meeting today, the Northwest Health System Board of Directors approved the merger between Northwest and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Board of Directors had previously approved the merger between the two health care organizations.

The boards also approved a contract with HBE, Inc., a hospital design and construction firm, based in St. Louis, Mo., for construction of a new hospital facility that is the cornerstone of the merger agreement.

Officials from UPMC and Northwest, at the official closing held at Wanango Country Club today, signed documents establishing the newly formed entity as “ UPMC Northwest.” This culminates more than two years of work to develop not only the merger agreement, but also the construction contract and future site of the new hospital facility.

Gifts, refreshments and copies of the medical center’s newsletter are being distributed to patients, visitors, employees and physicians throughout UPMC Northwest to announce and celebrate the merger.

The first infant born at UPMC Northwest on December 1 (or thereafter) will receive a special gift basket and recognition in the local media.

UPMC Northwest now will concentrate on transitioning into University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s operations, as well as on construction of the new facility in Cranberry Township, Venango County.

John Paul, UPMC executive vice president, said the merger and construction of a new hospital will benefit UPMC because it will allow the Pittsburgh-based system to become a partner with a local organization that already provides high quality health care. “A foundation of excellent care already exists in the Venango County area through Northwest’s physicians and other health care professionals, and through our merger we’re making a commitment to build on this foundation,” Paul said. “We’re eager to offer our specialty care and research capabilities, and to provide the residents of the UPMC Northwest service area with access to world-class health care options usually found only in a major, urban university setting.”

Paul said UPMC is pleased with the merger also because of the economic benefits that will result from the construction of a new hospital. “Building a new facility will both preserve and create employment, and will lead to other development that also will benefit the Venango County area,” he said.

UPMC Northwest CEO Neil Todhunter concurred with Paul’s comments on the merger and said it was a privilege for the Northwest organization to become part of a highly respected health care system such as UPMC. “We’re pleased that local residents will be able to continue their relationships with the physicians and health care professionals they know and trust, and that we’ll be able to offer access to UPMC’s advanced medical technologies,” Todhunter said.

The CEO said the merged organization wants to begin construction of the new hospital as soon as possible, and that some preliminary work at the Cranberry Township property may be completed before groundbreaking ceremonies next spring. “The new hospital will be an exceptional facility that will benefit our patients, our staff and our local economy, and we’re eager to start working on it,” Todhunter said.

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