Geisinger Looks Eastward for Affiliation

Geisinger Health System signed a letter of intent with AtlantiCare Health System to explore ways the health care organizations might work together to benefit their patients. Possibilities include a merger, acquisition or partnering of services. Geisinger spokesman Matthew Van Stone said he expected the two sides would spend up to a year discussing options and deciding whether to proceed.

AtlantiCare Health System includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Solutions, the AtlantiCare Foundation, the AtlantiCare Physician Group and AtlantiCare Regional Health Services. Its more than 5,461 employees and 600 physicians serve the southeastern New Jersey region with nearly 70 locations.