The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

June 6, 2014

Sharon hospital CEO talks growth

SHENANGO VALLEY — Sharon Regional Health System already has a significant presence in Hermitage, but company Chief Executive Officer John R. “Jack” Janoso Jr. told city officials Thursday he expects that presence to grow under a new owner.

Community Health System Inc., a for-profit company, has bought the former nonprofit health system and pledged significant investment in expanding the company.

Growth is something Sharon Regional has not done in the five previous years, he said.

“It’s very important that we grow again,” Janoso said.

It’s too soon to have specifics, but Janoso said he has talked with Hermitage city officials “about locations and opportunities” to consolidate its outpatient services.

Janoso said City Manager Gary P. Hinkson and Assistant City Manager Gary M. Gulla have always been “extremely supportive and helpful” to him.

Demand for outpatient services has grown and will continue to grow, but officials want to have a plan in place if the ongoing beef between UPMC and Highmark leads to displaced health insurance recipients, he said.

“We have to be prepared for an influx of patients who can’t get care anywhere else,” Janoso said.

In terms of short-term investment, Sharon Regional has been approved for $3 million in capital funds for new wheelchairs, beds and other equipment that any hospital must have to function, Janoso said.

The new owner is not “capital restrained” and will be exploring the best ways to use those funds, whether it be by joint ventures, lease-to-own contracts, “anything to grow the footprint,” Janoso said.

Those joint ventures could include sharing a plastic surgeon with Trumbull Memorial Hospital, another Community Health System property, Janoso said.

Sharon does not have the demand to make it cost-effective to hire a plastic surgeon, but still needs regular access to one, said Janoso, speaking Thursday before the Hermitage Community and Economic Development Commission.

The new owner, aside from having ready money to invest, treasures quality of care as much as growth, Janoso said. That means expanded services will follow the growth, he said.

Sharon Regional shrunk the ranks of its personnel before the sale, and Janoso added that he cannot say there won’t be job cuts somewhere down the line. Changes in the economy can never be sufficiently predicted to make a pledge not to cut jobs, he said.

“We don’t have any imminent layoffs coming,” Janoso said.

He predicted the company actually will add staff as the growth plans play out.

“I see nothing but prosperity for jobs and job opportunities,” he said.

Janoso did pledge that “the school of nursing isn’t going anywhere.”

It remains valuable in generating nurses, a job field always in short supply, but will have to be able to offer more, Janoso said. The goal is to align it with a college or university so that it can offer a four-year degree. The hospital needs more higher-level nurses, he said.

If there’s a drawback to the new corporate structure, it’s that decisions will be made in a much longer time frame.

“Things that used to take 15 minutes now take two weeks,” he said.

Text Only
Local News
  • Community thanks its first-responders

    Sharpsville honored its emergency responders Sunday at an event that included Mertz Towers residents as special guests.

    July 28, 2014

  • Drilling boom challenges state inspectors

    The state’s 83 well inspectors face a daunting enough challenge keeping tabs on 120,000 active oil and gas wells that have been drilled over the last century.

    July 28, 2014

  • Kidds Mill Covered Bridge A span of time

    Four generations of the Cadman family have enjoyed the Kidds Mill Covered Bridge, which is in Pymatuning Township near where the family’s ancestral farm is located.

    July 28, 2014 3 Photos

  • Intruder hurts woman, takes $5

    A home invasion in Hermitage Friday night sent an elderly woman to the hospital and netted the robber $5.

    July 27, 2014

  • national night out March against crime set for Aug. 5

    At the last Southwest Mercer County Regional Police Commission meeting, Chief Riley Smoot Jr. presented the number of incidents for each of the four communities in May.

    Farrell topped out at 819.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • high street trail Peaceful pathways

    History buffs and picnickers in the Shenango Valley won’t have to drive to Sharpsville to hang out at the old Erie Canal extension lock. They’ll soon have the option to walk or roll in on bicycles and even powered chairs to visit Canal Park near the outflow of Shenango Dam.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • balloonquest1 Balloon Quest celebrates 25 years

    Today is the final day of the 25th annual Western Pennsylvania Balloon Quest at Scotland Meadows Park.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • News briefs from July 26, 2014

    Man faces bomb threat charges

    June building tops $4 million in Hermitage

    July 26, 2014

  • Elderly man survives plane crash

    An elderly man survived wrecking his plane into a bank, then landing into a wetland, about 200 feet south of Runway 28 at Grove City Regional Airport in Springfield Township on Friday.

    July 26, 2014

  • Dontae Rashad Pinkins Man arrested for April gunfight

    Federal marshals and local police arrested Dontae Rashad Pinkins Thursday on a warrant accusing him of involvement in an April gunfight with another man in a Sharon alley.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hearing changed in starving case

    The time and place for the preliminary hearing of a Greenville mom accused of starving and beating her 7-year-old young son has been changed.

    July 26, 2014

  • Schell working on mural Drawn to Mexico

    Jason Schell probably is not exaggerating when he says that millions of people have seen his art.

    July 26, 2014 4 Photos

  • Farrell man, 24, arrested on warrant in connection with April shooting

    Federal marshals and local police arrested Dontae Rashad Pinkins Thursday on a warrant accusing him of involvement in an April shootout in Sharon.

    Pinkins, 24, of Farrell, is in Mercer County Jail after failing to post bond on gun charges.

    Additional details to follow.

    July 25, 2014

  • Firm will study timing of traffic signals

    Hermitage commissioners on Wednesday hired Whitman, Requardt and Associates LLP to study the timing scheme of traffic signals along parts of Hermitage Road and East State Street.

    July 25, 2014

  • 3 area fire depts. awarded grants

    Three area fire departments will share in more than $590,000 in grants meant to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities guard against the threat of fires in forests and other undeveloped areas, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti announced.

    July 25, 2014