Affiliation Agreement

09/30/13

Lahey Health and Winchester Hospital Sign Affiliation Agreement

Winchester Healthcare Management, parent of Winchester Hospital, and Lahey Health announced today that the organizations have signed an Affiliation Agreement to bring Winchester Hospital into the Lahey Health system as part of a shared governance model.

Pending regulatory approval, the affiliation brings together high-performing organizations with a shared vision to create an exceptional healthcare delivery system focused on top quality, cost efficient, community-based care. Through a full continuum of services and by effectively and efficiently managing all aspects of health from wellness to complex care, Lahey Health will provide the greatest value and best patient experience possible.

“This is tremendous news for all residents of our communities,” said Kevin Smith, President and CEO of Winchester Hospital. “This new partnership will allow our organizations to continue providing high-quality, cost-efficient, community-based care, and thrive in an evolving health care landscape.”

“We are thrilled to add Winchester Hospital to the Lahey Health network of providers,” said Howard Grant, JD, MD, President and CEO of Lahey Health. “Winchester Hospital is a highly respected community hospital. Together we will deliver on our commitment to provide greater value, higher quality care and improved programs and services to the thousands of area residents who rely on us for their healthcare needs.”

Together, Winchester Hospital and Lahey Health will build a stronger system of care in key clinical program areas that are responsive to the health needs of the community. Winchester Hospital patients will gain access to tertiary level services locally through Lahey Health while maintaining access to Winchester Hospital providers. Additionally, the Epic electronic health record, widely recognized as the gold standard for improving coordination of care and enhancing patient experience, will be implemented at Winchester Hospital and throughout Lahey Health.

With formal approval by the boards of both organizations, Winchester Healthcare Management and Lahey Health will now begin the process of obtaining all required federal and state regulatory approvals. 

In August 2012, Winchester Hospital formed an Affiliation Steering Committee made up of physician, hospital and board leaders and engaged in a thoughtful process to identify a long-term, strategic partner that would provide the best opportunity to create an exceptional healthcare system. The Board was also supported by its strategic and financial advisor Navigant Capital Advisors, and its outside legal counsel Mintz Levin.

Winchester Hospital will maintain its own Board of Directors with key responsibilities including oversight of hospital operations and credentialing of medical staff members.

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About Winchester Hospital

As the leading provider of comprehensive health care services in the northwest suburban Boston area, the 229-bed facility provides care in general, bariatric and vascular surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, gastroenterology, rehabilitation, radiation oncology, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery.

Winchester Hospital is the first hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet recognition, the American Nurses Association’s highest honor for nursing excellence, three times. Additionally, Winchester Hospital has been recognized consistently as a top employer in Massachusetts and for its outstanding patient experience. For 11 consecutive years, Winchester Hospital was named to the Boston Business Journal’s Best Places to Work, and for the past five years, the Boston Globe has placed Winchester Hospital on its top employer list. HealthGrades, for five years in a row, has awarded Winchester Hospital the Outstanding Patient Experience Award, which ranks Winchester Hospital among the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide.

About Lahey Health

Lahey Health is what's next in healthcare providing a full continuum of integrated health services close to where you live or work. It is comprised of nationally-recognized, award-winning hospitals—including an academic hospital and medical center, and community hospitals—primary care providers, specialist physicians, behavioral health services, post-acute programs such as home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities, and senior care resources located throughout northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.

Lahey Health offers nearly 1,000 locally based physicians providing clinical excellence and an exceptional patient experience in adult and pediatric primary care and every medical specialty, including kidney and liver transplantation; cancer, cardiovascular and orthopedic medical and surgical care; local emergency and trauma care; urological surgery; chronic disease prevention and health management; and pediatric emergency, newborn and inpatient care provided in collaboration with Boston Children's Hospital physicians.

Lahey Health includes Lahey Hospital & Medical Center—a teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine—and Lahey Clinic physician group with practices in Burlington, Peabody and other locations throughout northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire; Beverly Hospital; Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, MA; Lahey Health Senior Care and Lahey Health Behavioral Services as well as more than 30 primary care physician practices and multiple outpatient and satellite specialty care facilities.

Together, we are making innovative, integrated healthcare more personal and more accessible. For more information, visit LaheyHealth.org and its member websites Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Beverly Hospital, and Lahey Health Behavioral Services.