News | Published November 23, 2009

Mount Nittany and CMSA Explore Relationship to Improve Healthcare Delivery

Mount Nittany Medical Center and Centre Medical and Surgical Associates, PC, (CMSA) are exploring a formal business relationship in the interest of forging a locally based, integrated healthcare delivery system. With the common goal of advancing and expanding healthcare services, both parties expect that such a relationship could create an even stronger foundation for expanding services, attracting more physicians to the area and improving patient access to primary and specialty care.

“Right now, we are in discussions with CMSA to determine the feasibility of developing a relationship that would move both our organizations beyond their traditional means of service,” said Richard Wisniewski, CPA, president and chief executive officer, Mount Nittany Medical Center. “Our vision is to provide a seamless healthcare system for both our patients and physicians and improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery.”

As part of its strategic direction, Mount Nittany Medical Center is exploring the development of Mount Nittany Physician Group in State College and the surrounding communities. Wisniewski added that CMSA and its physicians could play a leadership role in accelerating the development of its group.

“This type of relationship could augment Centre Medical and Surgical Associates’ ability to remain at the forefront of developing new and advanced medical services in our community,” said Jonathan Dranov, MD, president, Board of CMSA. “Formalizing our longstanding alignment with the Medical Center could strengthen our plans to meet the future needs of our patients, as well as those of our current and future providers. Our closer association with Mount Nittany Medical Center could allow us to expand our role in the Medical Center’s vision of a locally based residency training program.”

The Medical Center and CMSA have signed an agreement, called an Expression of Interest, which binds the organizations to participating in the due diligence necessary for both to determine if they are willing to commit to a more formal business relationship.