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Fri August 8, 2014
Partners HealthCare CEO Defends Hospital Acquisition Plan
With a hospital network that includes Mass. General and the Brigham, Partners HealthCare calls itself the marquee health provider in Massachusetts. But critics say it’s an 800-pound gorilla and caution against allowing it to get even bigger. Partners is already the state’s largest health care system, with most of its hospitals in the Boston area, a few on the Cape and Islands and one out in Northampton. If its proposed acquisitions go through, Partners will add three more hospitals to its network: South Shore Hospital in Weymouth and two Hallmark Health System Hospitals in Melrose and Medford.
Attorney General Martha Coakley reached a preliminary anti-trust settlement with Partners that placed limits on future growth, but a coalition of smaller hospitals is fighting the merger, saying it would lead to rising costs.
Partners CEO Gary Gottlieb defended the planned hospital acquisition.