Two more Boston hospitals are forming an exclusive partnership in this era when larger networks are needed to manage records, budgets and patients.
The partnership between Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and New England Baptist means the two hospitals will only refer patients to each other. They hope to take advantage of a spike in demand for hip, knee and other orthopedic procedures as baby boomers age.
New England Baptist president Trish Hannon says this affiliation will create a premiere destination for ortho patients across the country. "With our relationship with Beth Israel Deaconess, we'll be able to grow our broader geographic network, and provide better access to the New England Baptist brand of care for more patients," she said.
Hannon says the Baptist needs a larger, more modern facility and may physically move close to Beth Israel Deaconess in the coming decade.