Winchester Hospital Affiliation with Lahey Health Yields $13.8 Million in Savings and Increased Volume

06/30/16

Lahey Health’s model of care is thriving, Winchester Hospital has received nearly 400 inpatient transfers in the last year

WINCHESTER, MA – Lahey Health and Winchester Hospital mark the two-year anniversary of their successful affiliation in July, noting that since Winchester Hospital joined Lahey Health System in 2014, the hospital has achieved $13.8 million in savings across a variety of areas (e.g., pharmaceuticals, implants, nutrition), as well as bond ratings upgrades to “A-, Stable Outlook” and “A, Stable Outlook” from Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s, respectively. Since Winchester Hospital joined Lahey Health, inpatient medical/surgical volume at the hospital has increased by more than five percent, reversing a state-wide trend in recent years. In addition, referrals from Lahey Hospital and Medical Center (LHMC) primary care physicians to Winchester Hospital affiliated specialists doubled from the first quarter of FY 2015 compared to the first quarter of FY 2016. The increased patient volume of Winchester Hospital facilities and affiliated physicians comes as a result of enhanced specialty care services on campus, referrals from the Lahey Burlington campus and other system locations, and Lahey primary care physicians in the service area referring patients to Winchester Hospital specialists.

“Our expectation for any affiliation is to bring value to patients through our system’s shared resources. Together we have built a better, stronger health system for our patients and the past two years with Winchester Hospital have illustrated just that,” said Howard Grant, J.D., M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Lahey Health System. “Lahey Health has always committed to keeping care within the community. This affiliation has provided new avenues and opportunities to make that happen; meanwhile, the increased patient volume has strengthened the financial standing of our institutions ensuring they remain viable options for high quality care.”

The partnership has proven to be mutually beneficial and successful in executing the joint vision of improved care in the community. In the spirit of Lahey Health’s mission to keep care local, preserve the vitality of facilities and reduce costs, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center actively and routinely redirects its low‐acuity emergency department patients to local community hospitals, including nearly 400 inpatient transfers to Winchester Hospital in the last year. Additionally, the collaboration among physicians since the partnership with Winchester Hospital is a tribute to the Lahey Health care model and culture of its system.

“The affiliation with Lahey Health has provided tremendous value to our hospital, particularly through enhanced clinical programs led by our Physicians’ Leadership Council and general improvements to increase the level of care we deliver to our patients,” said Dale Lodge, Chief Executive Officer, Winchester Hospital. “While other systems could provide support with resources, Lahey Health stood out for the equal representation they offered us on the board. Having a strong voice is important to ensuring all stakeholders are satisfied. Lahey Health has demonstrated keen awareness of that.”

A unique benefit of the affiliation is that Lahey Health provides equal board representation for all hospitals in the system which is uncommon in the Commonwealth and ensures that decisions are made and influenced only after a healthy dialogue among all of our member institutions. Four of Lahey Health’s current board positions are held by Winchester Hospital representatives, with nearly half of the members of the Lahey board coming from a community background. Winchester Hospital has further assimilated into Lahey Health with eight leadership team members assuming Lahey Health system level positions.

“These past two years have seen a healthy, fruitful relationship between Winchester Hospital and Lahey Health in a number of ways, and in particular has strengthened our Board,” said Ann-Ellen Hornidge, JD

Chair, Lahey Health Board of Trustees. “At a time where Massachusetts community hospitals are disappearing at a striking rate, we feel strongly that member hospitals have a voice and equal standing on the board. We believe we are stronger when we work together. We also believe this sends an important message that Lahey Health is committed to the needs of all its members.”

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 1,400 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; neurosurgery, 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, Mass.; Winchester Hospital; 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, Winchester Hospital, and Lahey Health Behavioral Services.

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