Care New England is Moving Towards Deal with South Coast Health Systems
Monday, November 16, 2015
Any agreement will face regulatory review in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Any merger or significant affiliation would be a blow to Lifespan and put additional pressure on Newport Hospital, according to senior healthcare experts. Southcoast has been aggressively marketing to the East Bay of Rhode Island and Aquidneck Island over the past couple of years. Newport Hospital is an affiliate of the Lifespan system.
Care New England owns and operates Women and Infants, Kent, Butler Hospitals as well as a number of other affiliates.
According to the press release, "If the two health systems come together, the new organization would become one of New England’s largest not-for-profit health care systems dedicated to the advancement of population health, the delivery of community-based care and a commitment to academic medicine. It would encompass eight hospitals, an expansive network of ambulatory sites, two established Accountable Care Organizations, more than 1,700 aligned physicians and providers, a continuation of the academic relationship Care New England currently enjoys and the educational relationship Southcoast currently enjoys with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and the responsible stewardship of charitable assets."
Southcoast Health System is a community based health system with "multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island."
South Coast includes the three hospitals — Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.
“In most every respect,” commented George W. Shuster, chairman of the Care New England Board, “Southcoast represents the best possible choice in enabling us to move forward strengthening quality, transitioning to population health, improving the value proposition, finding the right structural and cultural fit for both organizations, and maintaining our valued relationships with key academic, provider and organizational partners. We believe this partnership will truly be a win for our community.”
Both are not profit-hospital groups. According to Southcoast:
Charlton Memorial Hospital: 1885
St. Luke's Hospital: 1884
Tobey Hospital: 1938
Southcoast Hospitals Group: June 9, 1996 (Merger of the 3 hospitals)
Population: 717,505 people
Coverage Area: 928.5 square miles
Southcoast Health is a community based health delivery system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island.
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#10 Kent County Memorial Hospital
New England Rank: 61
No. of Beds: 359
Kent Hospital is a nonprofit, acute care hospital which serves a number of towns in central Rhode Island. Kent’s Emergency Services Department receives 70,000 visits each year, making it the second busiest in the state.
Highlights: When surveyed, 80% of patients stated that 80% of their doctors communicated well with them, and 78% said that their nurses did.
#9 Rhode Island Hospital
New England Rank: 57
No. of Beds: 719
This private, not-for-profit hospital was founded in 1863 and has been serving Southeastern New England for over 150 years. Rhode Island Hospital acts as a major trauma center for the region, while also providing the Ocean State with the only facility dedicated solely to pediatric care.
Highlights: 78% of patients reported that their doctors always communicated well, and and 76% said their nurses did.
#8 Memorial Hospital
New England Rank: 49
No. of beds: 294
This community hospital has provided primary and ambulatory care services for residents of the Blackstone Valley of Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts for 120 years.
Highlights: Memorial’s highest marks were earned for its staff’s communication skills—84% of patients said they were given information about what to do during their recovery at home.
#7 St. Joseph of RI
North Providence, RI
New England Rank: 32
No. of beds: 231
St. Joseph's treated 188 patients in its first year in 1892, and now, it currently serves 99,000 patients annually.
Highlights: Great communication at St. Jospeh got the highest marks from patients--82% said nurses always communicated well, and 80% said the same of doctors.
#6 Roger Williams
New England Rank: 28
No. of beds: 176
Located in one of Providence’s oldest neighborhoods, Roger Williams is a community-owned and governed health care organization that provides some of the most advanced specialty care currently available.
Highlights: RW's highest marks were earned for its staff’s communication skills—86% of patients said they were given information about what to do during their recovery at home.
#5 Women and Infants
New England Rank: 24
No. of beds: 247
One of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns, Women & Infants is the ninth largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country with nearly 8,400 deliveries per year. In 2009, Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.
Highlights: Stellar communication is a hallmark at Women and Infants—82% of patients said they were given information about what to do during their recovery at home.
#4 Westerly Hospital
New England Rank: 9
No. of beds: 125
The Westerly Hospital is a 125-bed hospital featuring private patient rooms that provides Washington (RI) and New London (CT) County residents a wide array of medical, surgical, laboratory and rehabilitative services using state-of-the-art technology in an intimate, community hospital setting.
Highlights: Communication is key at Westerly Hospital—83% of patients said they were given information about what to do during their recovery at home.
#3 Newport Hospital
New England Rank: 6
No. of beds: 129
Founded and funded by Newporters in 1873, Newport Hospital began as a 12-bed cottage hospital on donated land, and now has 129 licensed beds. In 2011, the hospital received its second consecutive designation as a "Baby Friendly" hospital by the World Health Organization and UNICEF.
Highlights: Newport’s highest marks were earned for its staff’s communication skills—86% of patients said they were given information about what to do during their recovery at home.
#2 Miriam Hospital
New England Rank: 5
No. of beds: 247
Founded in 1926, Miriam Hospital is a private, not-for-profit hospital, with a history of providing superior patient care. The hospital is staffed by more than 870 physicians, approximately 50 full-time house staff (medical school graduates), a nursing staff of 500 and more than 2,300 employees.
Highlights: The overall patient experience at Miriam Hospital was incredibly positive—83% said they would definitely recommend the hospital to another person.
#1 South County Hospital
New England Rank: 1
No. of beds: 93
An independent, non-profit, acute-care hospital in Rhode Island, South County Hospital offers the latest advances in technology and a comprehensive range of medical and surgical services to its patients.
Highlights: Great communication is a hallmark at South County--85% of patients said their doctors communicated well, and 85% said their nurses did. Additionally, 91% of patients reported that they were given information about what to do during their recovery at home.
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