The Commonwealth Primary Care Group is now part of the Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Group.
The deal became effective Feb. 1 and ends Commonwealth’s affiliation with Integrated Medical Group PC in Pottsville, which it joined in 2008, according to Mike Jupina, a spokesman for Penn State Health.
Commonwealth, which was founded in 1980, has 40 employees and nearly 15,000 patients in Berks and Lehigh counties.
Under the deal, Fleetwood Medical Associates in Fleetwood, Oley Valley Family Practice in Oley and Healthways Family Medical Center in Exeter Township are now part of Penn State health.
Dr. Robert Hippert, president of Commonwealth Primary Care, said becoming part of Penn State Health gives it access to nationally ranked resources, research and additional operating expertise.
“Our patients have a lot to gain because their total care can be aligned and coordinated with Penn State Health St. Joseph and Hershey Medical Center, with the added benefit of the leading-edge research occurring at Penn State University,” Hippert said.
“In this way, patients in Berks now have access to a top tier, comprehensive academic medical system if and when they need it,” he said.
John R. Monahan, president and CEO of Penn State Health St. Joseph, said the health care company is expanding its primary care network.
Penn State Health St. Joseph has nearly 1,600 employees and is among the top 10 employers in Berks.