Tags: coordinated care , affordability

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Partners HealthCare president and CEO Dr. Gary Gottlieb appeared on WGBH’s “Greater Boston” last night to discuss our proposed partnerships with South Shore Hospital, Hallmark Health and Harbor Medical Associates.

“Our vision is really about our patients -- getting them care where they live,” Dr. Gottlieb told host Emily Rooney.

As Rooney stated, Partners is known for our academic medical centers, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, which serve an important role in providing the highest-quality care available to patients. However, Dr. Gottlieb noted there may not be a need to come to Boston; by partnering with hospitals in Melrose, Medford and Weymouth, we will better serve patients in those communities, closer to their homes, and help control health costs.

“We’re going to in fact reduce costs by getting care to people in the community, by using community hospitals and community physicians as the front-end of health care,” explained Dr. Gottlieb. The goal is to “get the right care in the right place at the right time,” he said.

Read more about other perspectives in media on the proposed partnership.