Seaford’s hospital and PRMC approved for affiliation
SEAFORD, Del. – On Thursday, Peninsula Regional Health System (PRHS) officially announced it’s affiliation with Seaford’s Nanticoke Health Services (NHS).
The agreement was signed a few months back. However, now the deal has state and federal approval. The two hospitals will keep their respective names but a branding study is underway to figure out a new name for the system as a whole. Officials say integrating the two facilities will create a regional presence with the potential to expand even more into Delaware. “Peninsula has a great cancer care program. So we’ll be working very aggressively to make sure that we bring them all together so they’re working together as one. Also, cardiology we’ve had some discussions about expanding the cardiology footprint here at Nanticoke,” says Penny Short, the President of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.
Most importantly, it’ll offer patients more life saving services closer to home. “Peninsula wants to be the hospital that takes care of the things that a community hospital can take care of such as open heart and neurosurgery. But they also want care to be done close to home. So I think we will see more of that as we move forward,” says Short.
Officials add that this affiliation may also help in recruiting more physicians to the area. “It does allow us to have better access to physicians. I think our recruitment will be enhanced by having a larger system to do that and then we’ll add additional access to patients,” says Short.
There are no immediate plans to change staffing at either hospital. Crisfield’s McCready Hospital is expected to merge with Peninsula Regional Health System later this year.