Van­der­bilt ex­tends reach

Agree­ment with three hos­pi­tals to elim­i­nate over­lap­ping pro­grams, ser­vices

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - Vince Gal­loro

Van­der­bilt Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Nashville, is ex­pand­ing its ser­vice­line af­fil­i­a­tions with three hos­pi­tals out­side of Nashville, two south of the city and one to the north. The hos­pi­tals are 241-bed Maury Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Columbia; 81-bed NorthCrest Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Spring­field; and 184-bed Wil­liamson Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Franklin. Two of the three hos­pi­tals al­ready had ser­vice-line re­la­tion­ships with Van­der­bilt, and all three will re­main independent un­der the af­fil­i­a­tion agree­ment, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

The agree­ment pro­vides a struc­ture for the hos­pi­tals to form col­lab­o­ra­tions in new pro­grams and ser­vices and the abil­ity to elim­i­nate over­lap­ping and com­pet­ing projects, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. Maury Re­gional will draw on Van­der­bilt’s clin­i­cal ex­per­tise and physi­cian re­cruit­ment strengths, bol­ster­ing a part­ner­ship that in­cludes the Van­der­bilt HeartColumbia (Tenn.) physi­cian prac­tice, di­ag­nos­tic imag­ing ser­vices in Spring Hill, Tenn., in­pa­tient neona­tal in­ten­sive care and car­diac surgery ser­vices, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

Wil­liamson Med­i­cal Cen­ter al­ready hosts surg­eries for Van­der­bilt physi­cians who work in Wil­liamson County and the two hos­pi­tals col­lab­o­rate on some ser­vice lines, the re­lease states. NorthCrest will use the af­fil­i­a­tion to ex­pand its re­sources to im­prove care while re­main­ing cost­ef­fec­tive. De­vel­op­ments within health­care de­liv­ery and state and national health­care pol­icy are driv­ing the for­ma­tion of re­gional part­ner­ships be­tween com­mu­nity hos­pi­tals and aca­demic med­i­cal cen­ters, ac­cord­ing to Dr. Jeff Balser, Van­der­bilt Univer­sity’s vice chan­cel­lor for health af­fairs and dean of the Van­der­bilt Univer­sity School of Medicine.

The two aca­demic med­i­cal cen­ters in Ken­tucky are pur­su­ing dif­fer­ent forms of col­lab­o­ra­tion with com­mu­nity hos­pi­tal sys­tems there, cit­ing the same rea­sons as Balser.

Dr. C. Wright Pin­son, vice chan­cel­lor for health af­fairs and CEO of Van­der­bilt Health Sys­tem, said Van­der­bilt’s aim is to bring sec­ondary and some ter­tiary care into these com­mu­nity hos­pi­tals and con­serve space at Van­der­bilt’s Nashville cam­pus for the most com­plex cases.

Bring­ing its strengths in physi­cian re­cruit­ing and train­ing to staff clin­i­cal pro­grams at these sites also is what the pa­tient wants— the Van­der­bilt brand, but closer to home, Pin­son said.

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