Tufts, Bos­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter dis­cussing part­ner­ship

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Melanie Evans

Tufts Med­i­cal Cen­ter and neigh­bor­ing aca­demic fa­cil­ity Bos­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter have an­nounced talks to “ex­plore a part­ner­ship.”

A deal would link two small ri­vals in Bos­ton’s crowded and fiercely com­pet­i­tive hos­pi­tal mar­ket. Tufts Med­i­cal Cen­ter—which an­nounced in Oc­to­ber a newly cre­ated health sys­tem with Low­ell (Mass.) Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal—has seen its mar­ket share hold steady at around 3%, ac­cord­ing to re­cently pub­lished data for 2007 to 2011. BMC saw its mar­ket share fall from just above 6% to just be­low 5%. The med­i­cal cen­ters com­pete di­rectly with hos­pi­tals owned by Part­ners Health­Care, the largest sys­tem in Mas­sachusetts.

Of­fi­cials with Tufts and BMC de­clined in­ter­view re­quests, but in writ­ten state­ments of­fi­cials said the prospec­tive part­ners have a shared com­mit­ment to re­search and med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion.

“Bring­ing our strengths to­gether could be very pow­er­ful and mean­ing­ful, and we look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing our con­ver­sa­tions with BMC,” Tufts Med­i­cal Cen­ter spokes­woman Julie Jette said in a state­ment. Tufts Med­i­cal cen­ter is af­fil­i­ated with Tufts Univer­sity. Bos­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter is the teach­ing hos­pi­tal for Bos­ton Univer­sity.

“Our two or­ga­ni­za­tions have a rich his­tory of de­vel­op­ing in­no­va­tive ser­vices and part­ner­ships for pa­tients,” said Jen­nifer Wat­son, BMC’s vice pres­i­dent of com­mu­ni­ca­tions and chief of staff, in a state­ment. “Like the rest of the health­care com­mu­nity, we have con­sid­ered strate­gic part­ner­ships, and with (Tufts) we have rec­og­nized that the com­bi­na­tion of our in­di­vid­ual strengths could cre­ate a part­ner­ship uniquely po­si­tioned to im­prove health­care in Mas­sachusetts.”

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