Grove City Medical Center, Allegheny Health Network and Highmark Health have signed an affiliation agreement. Pending government approval of the merger, the organizations expect to close on the affiliation in the next few months, establishing Grove City as AHN’s ninth owned hospital and as a new network access point for high-quality acute care services between Pittsburgh and Erie.

Grove City will be the first hospital to fully affiliate with AHN since 2013.

Grove City Medical Center is a 67-bed acute care hospital in Mercer County. GCMC also operates six outpatient clinics and lab sites throughout its service footprint, offering cancer care, cardiac care, lab services, home health and imaging services.

As part of the affiliation agreement, AHN and GCMC will help to fund a new independent Grove City Health Care Foundation with an initial endowment of up to $30 million to be spent locally in Grove City on health and wellness initiatives. A local board, made up primarily of current GCMC board members, will determine how those resources are allocated.

AHN will also invest an additional $40 million over the next 10 years to further enhance GCMC’s clinical programs, technological capabilities and physical infrastructure.