Hospital Boston announced last month that it had entered into an
exclusive agreement with Tufts-New
England Medical Center's
Floating Hospital to negotiate the creation of an innovative maternal/pediatric
partnership. The announcement was the result of months of discussions.
"Our goal is to create a patient-centered care network of outstanding
clinical excellence, depth and breadth," says Chief Operating Officer
Sandra Fenwick. "We are seeking to preserve and enhance our roles
as a teaching hospital, provider of vital services to Boston's children,
and leader in clinical and basic research."
The affiliation would
include integration of specialty programs, but those arrangements
have yet to be agreed upon. During the next phase of talks, the hospitals
will determine a number of factors, like which programs will be integrated,
where they will be located and the structural design of the partnership.
"We have a unique opportunity with Floating Hospital to build one
of the premier maternal/pediatric health care networks in the country, and
increase patient access, reduce cost and improve the quality of pediatric
services," says James Mandell, MD, president and CEO. "They
have a reputation for high quality, compassionate care and a devoted