10:38 am
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.  

Gary Gottlieb is the CEO of Partners HealthCare.
Gary Gottlieb is the CEO of Partners HealthCare.
Credit Greater Boston

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.