Highmark, Penn State and Penn State Hershey Medical Center announce 10-year partnership

Highmark Inc., Penn State University and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center today (March 7) announced a comprehensive agreement that will improve the quality of health care and increase access and affordability of services for the people of central Pennsylvania and the Commonwealth.

The 10-year agreement encompasses a number of components including investment in clinical research for diseases such as cancer and a new state-of-the-art children's hospital, as well as the collaborative development of community health initiatives including the study and enhancement of wellness and prevention programs.

As part of this new agreement, Highmark will administer the health-care benefits for employees of Penn State University and Penn State Hershey Medical Center beginning Jan. 1, 2008. The agreement also ensures that the Medical Center will remain part of the Highmark network of hospitals and providers for the next decade.

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