PRINCETON — Gibson General Hospital joins Deaconess Health System, effective Oct. 1, hospital spokesman Jeff Jones confirmed in a news release Thursday.

An agreement between the Deaconess Health System Board of Directors and Gibson General Board of Directors was signed, and the medical staff and employees of both organizations were notified Thursday morning.

“In the coming months, Deaconess leadership will collaborate with Gibson General employees, building on improvements that have taken place in recent months. Deaconess patient care protocols will be implemented, and Gibson General employees will be optimizing the use of Epic, the organizations’ shared electronic medical record, leading to improvements in quality, cost and billing,” the statement announced.

Gibson General CEO Claudia Eisenmann said, “Gibson General patients will be able to keep their current doctors, and we will continue to accept the same insurance plans,” said Gibson General CEO Claudia Eisenmann. “We also anticipate growing and expanding services, particularly specialty services, so that patients in and around Princeton will have improved access to services close to home.”

Beginning immediately, an integration steering team of representatives from both Gibson General and Deaconess will oversee the transition.

“We are excited about this transition and look forward to our enhanced relationship with Gibson General,” said Shawn McCoy, CEO, Deaconess. “Coming together will allow us to enhance the services provided at the hospital, which will improve care to the residents of Gibson County.”

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