UMass Memorial Health Care and Baystate Health Explore Collaborative Opportunities
NEC member UMass Memorial Health Care recently signed a nonbinding letter of intent with Baystate Health to explore opportunities to increase innovation and quality care through collaboration. The two not-for-profit health systems have a mission of “improving the quality, accessibility and affordability of healthcare for patients and families in its community.” The agreement, driven in part by national healthcare reform, formalizes a long history of collaboration between the two institutions in order to improve the lives of their patients.
Healthcare reform has driven healthcare providers to turn to innovative partnerships, methods of delivery, and ways of increasing accessibility as a mean to bring down costs and improve health outcomes. Both entities already serve communities with socioeconomic challenges that intensify health needs and are nationally recognized for their efforts to serve them. UMass Memorial Health Center is Central Massachusetts’ largest not-for-profit- healthcare delivery system and provides myriad vital services that benefit the region. The letter of intent with Baystate Health does not prevent UMass Memorial from seeking out other strategic partnerships or change the organization’s preexisting governance or structure.
The New England Council congratulates UMass Medical Center for their innovation in the healthcare field and wishes them the best of luck going forward with their new partnership.