Mission Statement of the Blue Mountain Health System:
- To promote, maintain and restore the good health of all the people in the communities we serve through partnerships for excellence in healthcare service delivery.
- What matters most to us are the people we serve and the people who serve them.
What happens when two well-respected and trusted community hospitals join together?
A partnership for better health emerges.
On July 1, 2004, Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital and Palmerton Hospital entered into an historic decision combining their organizations to create an integrated health care system. Then, in November 2016, the health system merged the licenses of the two hospitals to form Blue Mountain Hospital.
From Competition to Cooperation
The creation of the Blue Mountain Health System ended an era of competition and started a new era of cooperation between Carbon County’s two hospitals. While competition in most industries is generally good for the consumer, competition in health care tends to result in duplication of services and in higher costs. Palmerton and Gnaden Huetten hospitals faced the same challenges as hospitals across the nation straining under the burden of increasing labor costs, higher malpractice insurance premiums, increasing costs of pharmaceuticals and supplies, and declining reimbursement. By working together, the hospitals of the Blue Mountain Health System have been able to continue to provide quality, compassionate healthcare to the residents of Carbon County and the surrounding areas.