December 29, 2016

Pocono Health System, Lehigh Valley Health Network will merge January 1

Pocono Medical Center to become Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono on January 1

EAST STROUDSBURG - Pocono Health System (PHS) and Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) have met the regulatory requirements to merge. Effective Jan. 1, 2017 PHS becomes part of Lehigh Valley Health Network and Pocono Medical Center will become Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono.

As PHS transitions into LVHN, leadership changes also will take place. Jeff Snyder, PHS’s President and Chief Executive Officer, informed the PHS board of his plan to resign from his role effective Dec. 31. Elizabeth Wise, PHS’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), will assume the role of Acting President of Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono on Jan. 1. Snyder will continue to provide consultation during a 30-day merger transition period.

“I have decided it is time to pursue my desire to lead in a different capacity,” Snyder said. “It’s been my honor and privilege to serve the Pocono community, and our residents and colleagues will be in good hands with Lehigh Valley Health Network and Elizabeth’s leadership.”

PHS Board Chairman Andrew Worthington praised Snyder’s leadership, including his role in facilitating the merger and elevating the overall quality at PHS. Under Snyder’s leadership, the system has earned “A” grades for patient safety from Leapfrog, a 4-star rating from CMS and recognition from Healthgrades for Patient Safety Excellence and U.S. News & World Report for Best Regional Hospital.

Pocono Medical Center (PMC) is a non-profit, nationally recognized hospital that has served the region for over 100 years. PMC has three comprehensive healthcare centers located in Bartonsville, Tobyhanna, and Brodheadsville, and 21 primary and specialty care physician practices. For more information or to learn more, please visit our website at

Lehigh Valley Health Network includes seven hospital campuses - three in Allentown including the region's only facility dedicated to orthopedic surgery, one in Bethlehem, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; 16 health centers caring for communities in five counties; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices throughout the region; pharmacy, imaging, home health services and lab services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred.   Additional information is available at and by following us on and


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