Hospital Affiliations Have a Land Rush Feel
For now, patients might not see big changes. In many cases, the local hospital, despite the affiliation, is keeping its own name, and much of the work on transformation has less to do with what the sign out front says and more to do with the behind-the-scenes process and IT re-engineering I mentioned above. That’s a bright side of these changes. Another bright side is that the struggling community hospital gets to stay open indefinitely, although they are no longer in as much control over their ultimate fate.
Philip Betbeze is senior leadership editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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