As previously reported by news outlets and in this blog, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary is committed to a merger with Partners HealthCare, a move aimed at preserving and enhancing the hospital’s long legacy of specialty care. This week, Wyc Grousbeck, chairman of the Mass. Eye and Ear board and co-owner and CEO of the Boston Celtics, made the case for the strengthened partnership in a Boston Globe piece, underscoring that it would codify an existing, long-standing relationship between Mass. Eye and Ear and Partners institutions:

“Consider this: MEE is the last independent hospital of its kind in the nation. All others have either joined with systems or closed. In today’s environment, our future must be linked to that of an integrated health care system. Given that MEE has deep clinical and research collaboration with Partners HealthCare hospitals (it is physically connected to Mass General and shares Partners’ electronic medical records), Partners is the only logical choice.”

"This is the best plan for Massachusetts to ensure that all patients have access to the highest quality eye and ENT care and benefit from leading-edge research."

- Wyc Grousbeck, chairman, Mass. Eye and Ear

Grousbeck acknowledged the concerns some have raised about costs, pointing out that any commercial rate increases would continue to be limited by established state limits on total medical expenditures and by contract negotiations with payers. In recent years, these negotiations have yielded Partners increases equal to the rate of inflation or less.

Grousbeck notes the merger would yield significant benefits for patients across New England and the world: access to leading-edge care and continued efforts to ultimately cure blindness and deafness.

To read the piece in its entirety, click here.