About that visit

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

While Vin Capece and I were hon­ored to be on the cover of the most re­cent is­sue of Mod­ern Health­care (July 26), I would like to clar­ify one point in the ar­ti­cle that may be in­ad­ver­tently mis­lead­ing to your read­ers.

The ar­ti­cle starts with a ref­er­ence to a visit that sev­eral of us from Mid­dle­sex Hos­pi­tal made to Sub­ur­ban Hos­pi­tal in Mary­land in July 2009. In the con­text of the ar­ti­cle, it may ap­pear that the ul­ti­mate de­ci­sion of our board to re­main in­de­pen­dent was in­flu­enced in some way by that visit. That is not the case. We were very im­pressed with the suc­cess of the af­fil­i­a­tion be­tween Sub­ur­ban Hos­pi­tal and Johns Hopkins Health Sys­tem and, if any­thing, that pos­i­tive ex­am­ple was a strong mo­ti­va­tor in pur­su­ing the ben­e­fits of an af­fil­i­a­tion.

The fact that the de­ci­sion was fi­nally made to re­main in­de­pen­dent was based on a num­ber of fac­tors spe­cific to the board and this hos­pi­tal at the par­tic­u­lar moment in time the de­ci­sion was made. As some­one who has been a strong sup­porter of the ben­e­fits of hos­pi­tal af­fil­i­a­tions, it is my be­lief that the de­ci­sion to af­fil­i­ate can be a wise one, es­pe­cially with an in­sti­tu­tion of the un­par­al­leled cal­iber of Johns Hopkins.

Robert Kiely Pres­i­dent and CEO Mid­dle­sex Hos­pi­tal Mid­dle­town, Conn.

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