MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Following a year of transition for Uniontown Hospital in Pennsylvania, officials have signed a letter of intent to join the WVU Medicine network.

Uniontown Hospital CEO Steve Handy said this is a very exciting time for the organization.

“We’re really excited by the prospects of being able to add to our physician compliment,” Handy said. “Given the proximity of Uniontown to Morgantown, we’re looking forward to being able to share physicians and recruit new physicians to our community.”

Once regulatory approvals are received, Uniontown Hospital will enter into a management agreement with WVU Hospitals. Handy will become an employee of WVU Hospitals along with other senior leaders. He will continue as CEO of Uniontown Hospital.

Handy said the WVU Medicine resources available to his staff and local residents present an immediate impact to the community.

“The WVU Medince brand has a lot of credibility and coordination with those services creates an offering of services beyond the scope a typical community hospital,” Handy said.

“In our community historically people have been oriented toward Pittsburgh, but Pittsburgh is twice the distance Ruby Memorial Hospital is to us.”

Uniontown Hospital employes more than 200 physicians and advanced practice providers representing more than 30 medical specialties.