SPRINGFIELD/WORCESTER, Sept. 26--Baystate Health and UMass Memorial Health Care have signed a nonbinding letter of intent to explore new collaborative opportunities between the two not-for-profit health systems.
As national healthcare reform has brought an urgent imperative to transform the delivery and financing of healthcare, healthcare systems and hospitals across the country are collaborating in innovative ways, finding new efficiencies and better care solutions by sharing clinical experience and intellectual resources.
Baystate Health and UMass Memorial Health Care have much in common. Each has a mission of improving the quality, accessibility and affordability of healthcare for patients and families in its community.
The two organizations share many other characteristics: Both serve communities with significant health needs, and significant socioeconomic challenges underlying those needs. Both organizations have integrated systems of care including medical practices, community hospitals and a major academic medical center. Both organizations receive national recognition not only for the quality of the care they provide, but also for their commitment to their communities.
The new agreement builds on a long-existing relationship. Baystate Health and UMass Memorial Health Care have a long history of mutual support on a number of efforts, including collaborations in pharmacy; healthcare quality, clinical practice and policy; and infusion medicine. Each recognizes that they can learn even more from one another, work together more closely, and in doing so be more effective and efficient in keeping our communities healthy, rather than focusing mainly on treating disease or illness.
Neither organization’s ownership, structure, governance, academic relationships/affiliations or medical staffs will be affected by the letter of intent or any potential strategic collaboration. Nor will they limit the ability of either party to pursue other strategic opportunities.
About UMass Memorial Health Care: UMass Memorial Health Care, with 1,200 beds and bassinets and 13,200 employees, is Central Massachusetts' largest not-for-profit health care delivery system, covering the complete health care continuum with UMass Memorial Medical Center, its academic medical center, member and affiliated community hospitals, freestanding primary care practices, ambulatory outpatient clinics, a rehabilitation group and mental health services. UMass Memorial is the clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. To learn more about UMass Memorial, please visit www.umassmemorial.org, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
About Baystate Health: Based in western Massachusetts, Baystate Health is a not-for-profit health care organization serving over 750,000 people throughout western New England. Services include an academic medical center, community hospitals, medical practices, homecare and hospice and much more. Baystate Health has a total of 783 beds across four facilities: Baystate Medical Center, the western campus of Tufts University School of Medicine, in Springfield; Baystate Children’s Hospital, also in Springfield; Baystate Franklin Medical Center, in Greenfield; and Baystate Mary Lane Hospital, in Ware. Visit baystatehealth.org