May 22—After merging to create Western Pennsylvania’s third-largest health system, Excela Health and the Butler Health System have a new name: Independence Health System.
The system includes Butler, Clarion, Frick, Latrobe and Westmoreland hospitals, with 7,300 employees and more than 1,000 physicians and advanced practice providers.
“Having the wider resources of a large medical staff and the breadth of knowledge among clinicians and staff all united inpatient care amplifies the use of best practices and evidence-based treatment in every patient encounter,” said Dr. Carol Fox, Independence’s chief medical officer.
Independence Health System serves a 10-county region and is now the largest employer in Butler and Westmoreland counties. The merger between the two systems became official Jan. 1.
” ‘Independence’ represents important distinctions for the new system,” said President and CEO Ken DeFurio. “As the new name denotes, we offer a scope of services and clinical programs that is locally based,