Penn Highlands Healthcare Growth Continues With Affiliation of WRC Senior Services


(January 5, 2022 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Penn Highlands Healthcare is kicking off 2022 with the integration of WRC Senior Services into the health system. The affiliation became effective January 1, 2022.

Established in 1890, WRC Senior Services provides residential senior living, continuing care retirement communities, individualized personal care, home health care, hospice care, memory support and short-term rehab. The organization provides a full continuum of care for residents with facilities in Clarion, Clearfield, Elk and Jefferson counties.

"The experience Penn Highlands offers to meet the needs of aging adults through their senior living services makes this affiliation a natural fit for WRC," said Barbara Sepich, President/CEO of WRC. "We look forward to this partnership on behalf of the many people we serve."

Penn Highlands CEO Steven Fontaine shares Ms. Sepich's enthusiasm. "The expansion of senior living services is a key priority of Penn Highlands," he said. "WRC Senior Services has a reputation for providing excellent care to seniors in Central Pennsylvania and we are delighted that they are now part of our health system."

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About WRC Senior Services
The roots of WRC Senior Services date back to 1883 when the Women's Relief Corp created a group of volunteers to provide care to the veterans, orphans and widows affected by the Civil War. In 1890, the first community WRC Senior Services opened in Brookville to continue providing these services. Since their inception, WRC has grown to provide a full continuum of care for residents with facilities in Clarion, Jefferson and Elk counties. WRC Senior Services, strives to offer personalized rehabilitative care, home and community services, residential living and personal care options for each resident. Services include: continuing care retirement communities, personal care, home health care, hospice care, memory support and short-term rehab.

About Penn Highlands Healthcare
Penn Highlands Healthcare was officially formed on September 30, 2011, and is comprised of seven hospitals - Penn Highlands Brookville, Penn Highlands Clearfield, Penn Highlands DuBois, Penn Highlands Elk, Penn Highlands Huntingdon, Penn Highlands Mon Valley and Penn Highlands Tyrone that have served area communities for the past 100+ years. Its business continuum also includes two care agencies, Penn Highlands Community Nurses and Helpmates, Inc.; two long-term care facilities, Pinecrest Manor and Penn Highlands Jefferson Manor; and a senior residential living facility, Elco Glen.

Through this partnership, Penn Highlands Healthcare has evolved into an organization with approximately 5,600+ workers in 150+ locations throughout 39 counties in Northwestern/Central and Southwestern Pennsylvania that include community medical buildings, outpatient facilities, surgery centers and physician practices. Providing exceptional quality care to the region, it has 740 physicians and 374 advanced practice providers on staff. The facilities have a total of 1,200 inpatient, skilled nursing and personal care beds. The system offers a wide range of care and treatments with specialty units that care for cancer, cardiovascular/thoracic, neurosurgery, pulmonology, neonatal and high-risk pregnancy patients. Being focused on what is important - patients and families – makes Penn Highlands Healthcare the best choice in the region.

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