In a significant milestone toward joining together, Care New England (CNE) and Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island (MHRI) have reached a definitive agreement to establish MHRI as a hospital partner in the CNE system.
The Affiliation Agreement, unanimously approved by the boards of both institutions, marks an important next step in the process of bringing the organizations together and positioning them for success in the new era of health care.
In reaching the Affiliation Agreement and moving toward implementation of the partnership, the institutions seek to provide ongoing clinical excellence through a comprehensive range of services, while maintaining strong academic and research programs.
The Affiliation Agreement establishes underlying principles embraced by both organizations, including:
- Improvement of quality of clinical programs and services
- Clinical excellence demonstrated by comprehensive and consistent quality across a range of services and procedures
- Patient access to a broader continuum of services over an expanded service area
- Programmatic development of signature service lines, including women's health, behavioral health, primary care, and home health
- Maintenance of the strong academic and research platform that is essential to fostering clinical excellence and innovation
- Enhancement of physician recruitment, retention and integration initiatives
- Improvement of facilities, technology and information technology platforms
- Achievement of "employer of choice" status
- Development of an integrated delivery system in which patient care is coordinated across the full continuum of care for population health management
- Responsible stewardship of charitable assets, enhancement of CNE and MHRI's charitable foundations
- Operational efficiencies to improve performance and reduce costs
In the latter area, the institutions anticipate that the Affiliation Agreement will create synergies that will help moderate cost trends.Details of such opportunities will be developed as the parties work together more closely.
"As we work to transform the future of health care for the community," said Dennis D. Keefe, president and CEO of Care New England, "the addition of MHRI to Care New England brings us a needed dimension of care and coverage that will serve the community well.We look forward to the next steps in the process toward bringing this partnership potential to fruition."
"We are very pleased to enter into this Affiliation Agreement with Care New England," said Arthur DeBlois III, interim president and CEO at MHRI."Not only does it provide a strong continuity of care for our patients, it also strengthens the capabilities of both systems, whether it be in the area of surgery, mental health, obstetrics, rehabilitation or primary care. "
"This is the right thing for Memorial, our community, our patients and our staff for a variety of reasons," said Robert P. Andrade, chairman of the MHRI Board of Trustees."Not only will it help us stabilize our financial position, but we also believe we are joining an organization that has a clear and correct vision of what is going to happen to health care in the future."
George Shuster, chairman of the CNE Board of Directors, said, "The joining together of two local, non-profit organizations with proud charitable origins and longstanding ties to the community helps assure that the respective missions of these institutions continue long into the future."
The organizations will begin submitting the details of the Affiliation Agreement for both federal and state regulatory approvals in the coming month.
About Care New England
Care New England, located in Rhode Island, was founded in 1996 by Butler Hospital, Kent Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital.Care New England is an integrated health care system that offers a continuum of quality care.The system includes primary care and specialty physicians; two teaching hospitals affiliated with Brown Medical School, Butler and Women & Infants; a community hospital, Kent; a visiting nurse and home care agency, the VNA of Care New England; and Care New England Wellness Center.For more information, visit carenewengland.org.
Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island is a 294-bed teaching center affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Memorial is the chief site for the medical school's primary care academic program. Research focuses on primary care and disease prevention, including osteoarthritis, heart disease, cancer, pulmonary function, maternal and child health and women's health issues. Memorial provides a full spectrum of health services for the people of Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. Services include oncology, cardiology, rehabilitation, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, 24-hour intensive care specialist coverage and diagnostics. Memorial offers primary care services at facilities in Pawtucket, Central Falls and Plainville, Massachusetts, and operates an adult day center, and home care program to provide a seamless system of medical care.