It has been exactly two years since South Shore Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Partners HealthCare made public their collective vision for a more coordinated, more accessible and cost-effective health care system for patients in southeastern Massachusetts. Today, The Boston Globe published this opinion piece by South Shore Hospital’s president, Richard Aubut, RN, which highlights the recent closing of North Adams Regional Hospital as a reminder that community hospitals must adapt to the new era of health reform or they may not survive.

Aubut plainly states that a partnership with Partners offers the community a roadmap to better coordinated health care and lower costs. And Aubut points out that as the regulatory review of our plans continues, most – if not all – hospitals across the South Shore are teaming up with larger systems to meet the new demands of health care reform. Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton and Quincy Medical Center are part of the Steward Health Care System. Jordan Hospital in Plymouth and Milton Hospital have joined Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

In fact, Mayor Susan Kay of Weymouth recently told The Globe, “South Shore Hospital’s long-term viability cannot possibly be immune from this trend...This merger should not be held to a different standard than the many mergers that have already occurred.”

We also want to remember the voices of other elected and community officials, first responders, doctors, nurses and residents of the region who have supported this partnership to preserve access to high-quality care that is closer to their homes.

Learn why The Patriot Ledger and others endorse our partnership with South Shore Hospital.

Topics: Affordability, Industry Interactions, Partners Corporate

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