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Geisinger and SUN Home Health & Hospice sign comprehensive integration agreement

Mike Ferlazzo

SUN Home Health & Hospice:
Brenda Apple

April 16, 2014


DANVILLE, Pa.— Geisinger Community Health Services (GCHS) and SUN Home Health & Hospice (SUN) announced today the signing of a comprehensive integration agreement by which SUN Home Health & Hospice will become part of the Geisinger health system.  The agreement will allow the organizations to work more closely together to benefit patients in need of home healthcare, hospice and other supportive medical services.

The integration agreement is subject to regulatory approval, and Geisinger and SUN Home Health are hopeful for a July 1, 2014 effective date.

“SUN Home Health & Hospice enables patients to stay at home with their families while recovering from surgery, dealing with a chronic illness or facing the challenges associated with aging,” said Geisinger Health System Vice President for Population Health Denise B. Prince. “We are excited about expanding our programs by integrating with another like-minded, quality not for profit organization focused on doing what is best for patients.”

“Healthcare continues to evolve throughout the United States, including here in central Pennsylvania,” said SUN Home Health & Hospice President/Chief Executive Officer Steven Richard. “We are fortunate to have Geisinger, a nationally-recognized healthcare organization, here in our home community, and we look forward to looking at ways we can work with Geisinger Community Health Services to enhance care well into the future.”

About Geisinger Health System
Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development of innovative care models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As the nation’s largest rural health services organization, Geisinger serves more than 2.6 million residents throughout 44 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. The physician-led system is comprised of more than 20,800 employees, including a 1,000-member multi-specialty group practice, seven hospital campuses, two research centers and a 448,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $6.1 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. The health system and the health plan have repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit, or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on Twitter and  Facebook.

About SUN Home Health & Hospice
SUN Home Health & Hospice, from 7 branch office locations, provides a wide range of specialized home healthcare services to help patients throughout 14 central Pennsylvania counties maintain their independence at home and to avoid the costs associated with institutional care if homecare is a safe alternative. Certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Health, SUN Home Health & Hospice is a Medicare certified provider of home health and hospice care as well as licensed to provide private care services. SUN Home Health & Hospice also operates the SUN Home Hospice Care Center, the area’s only inpatient hospice unit, and offers the 24 hour Information and Referral Center staffed by licensed nurses with access to the organization’s electronic medical record allowing for enhanced patient care. SUN Home Health & Hospice is a participating provider in most major insurance and managed care plans. For more information, visit