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Nanticoke and Peninsula health systems set course to merger


Nanticoke Health Services (NHS) of Seaford and Peninsula Regional Health System (PRHS) of Salisbury, Maryland have signed an agreement to affiliate pending federal regulatory approval, which is anticipated in November.

“In order for Nanticoke to further its mission to provide the best care possible for our community, it became imperative we find a strong, compatible healthcare partner,” said Steve Rose, RN MN, president/CEO of Nanticoke Health Services. “Peninsula Regional has always been a supportive ally and great neighbor, sharing a similar mission and culture.”

Nanticoke began seeking out a partner about two years ago to build up services in Sussex County. The partners on Thursday, July 18 signed a definitive agreement to affiliate.

Following the regulatory approvals, the two organizations will begin the work of transitioning to one healthcare team.

Nanticoke will continue to provide services in Sussex County and parts of Maryland’s Mid-Shore. Peninsula Regional Health System seeks to enhance Nanticoke’s efforts through integrated care, expanding services where needed and making more readily accessible the Delmarva Peninsula’s most advanced tertiary care services.

“Peninsula Regional Health System is honored to have this opportunity to bring the Nanticoke team together with ours to form an unparalleled partnership of healthcare excellence. Our missions are nearly identical, and each of us has an unwavering commitment to enhancing high-quality health and wellness through best practices across the Delmarva Peninsula,” said Steve Leonard, Ph.D., MBA, FACHE, president/CEO of Peninsula Regional Health System.


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