In the fall of 2019, Stroudwater was asked to advise Tyrone Hospital (TH), a 25-bed Pennsylvania Critical Access Hospital (CAH), in an affiliation process with a larger healthcare system. Tyrone Hospital CEO Anna M. Anna sought an expedited affiliation process for her board because they had already engaged in conversations, including an exclusive Letter of Intent (LOI), with their proposed partner. After Stroudwater was engaged, it became clear that the proposed partner did not understand the value of a rural affiliate; the proposed partner appeared keen on eliminating services essential to maintaining TH’s Critical Access Hospital status and licensure.

Read the full case study below on how Stroudwater was able to simplify the affiliation process and tailor it to the specific needs of TH without compromising the required rapid pace.