Butler-Excela hospitals to get new name 3 months after merger

Butler (Pa.) Health System, which merged with Greensburg, Pa.-based Excela Health Jan. 1, will officially get a new name in the next couple of weeks, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported April 6. 

Thomas Albanesi, chief financial officer of the merged system, said a name for the new $1 billion revenue system will be released in a few weeks. 

Both systems have created a five-hospital system serving approximately 750,000 patients through their merger.

"This preparation takes time and diligence to be properly launched," said Mr. Albanesi. "We are already functioning as a unified health system."

The merged system said the delay on the name comes as the health system is facing financial constraints, a decline in patient admissions, and competition from Bellevue, Pa.-based Allegheny Health Network and UPMC. 

On Feb. 17, Butler Health System reported an operating loss of $16.6 million in its final quarter as a separate system.

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