Union Hospital and Christiana Care Health System Announce Letter of Intent

Christiana Care Health System and Affinity Health Alliance (Union Hospital) have signed a letter of intent for Union Hospital and its affiliates to join Christiana Care Health System.

With the signing of the letter of intent, the organizations have entered a period of exclusive negotiation and due diligence, expected to take several months. If a final affiliation agreement is reached, an additional period of several months will be required for regulatory approvals.

Union Hospital s a full-service, not-for-profit community hospital in Elkton, Maryland, dedicated to providing personalized, quality health care in a variety of specialties and a continuum of programs to residents of Cecil County and the neighboring communities in Delaware and southern Pennsylvania.

Christiana Care Health System (https://christianacare.org) is a not-for-profit teaching health system based in Delaware that includes two hospitals, home health care, medical aid units and an extensive network of outpatient services. Christiana Care was recently ranked by Forbes Magazine as Delaware’s best employer in 2019, based on an independent study, and is continually ranked as a Best Hospital by U.S. News & World Report.
“This is an exciting opportunity for Union Hospital, our employees, our providers and our community,” said Rich Szumel, MD, President and CEO. “As an organization we continually strive to position ourselves for healthcare delivery of the future to meet the needs of our community for years to come. If a final agreement can be reached to become a part of the Christiana Care Health System, we would be joining one of the premier, forward-thinking health systems in the country, allowing us to further our mission of improving the health and well-being of our communities.”

“Christiana Care and Union Hospital have been serving the people of Cecil County as neighbors for many years,” said Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH, Christiana Care president and CEO. “We welcome this opportunity to explore a closer relationship with an organization that shares our commitment to value and service to the community. As always, our primary goal is to make a positive impact on the health of the communities we serve.”