Holy Family Methuen and Haverhill and Lawrence General Hospitals Partner for Key Services

Haverhill, Methuen, Lawrence and Boston hospitals are uniting to better coordinate affordable, easy-to-access primary and specialty medical services.

Steward Health Care, owner and operator of Holy Family Hospital in Methuen and Haverhill as well as St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, and Lawrence General Hospital said today the clinical affiliation agreement means they will share the provider resources and clinical expertise. Each of the hospitals retains its independence of governance and decision-making.

“The core of this new relationship is our three hospitals’ mutual commitment to community medicine,” said Harrison Bane, president of Steward Health Care North Region. “The partnership between Lawrence General Hospital and the Steward Family of Community Hospitals will enhance the Merrimack Valley’s ability to receive high quality medical services locally. Our goal is to provide high quality care that is both affordable to residents and easy to access.

The agreement calls for St. Elizabeth Medical Center to serve as a preferred partner for local hospitals referring patients with complex and highly specialized needs. St. Elizabeth’s recently opened two new state-of-the-art units consisting of a 10-bed intensive care unit and a 16-bed medical-surgical unit. It is also investing $100 million in further improvements.

For residents of the Merrimack Valley area, a joint statement said, “The partnership will expand access to local medical care at a sustainable cost and reflects both the commitment of Steward Health Care and Lawrence General Hospital to provide high quality care to local communities. .”

Deborah J. Wilson, president and CEO of Lawrence General Hospital, said the hospital is “delighted that this affiliation allows us to strengthen and expand primary and specialty care in the Merrimack Valley.”

Additionally, Lawrence General, St. Elizabeth’s and Holy Family will collaborate on provider recruitment and retention to ensure the Merrimack Valley has access to primary care physicians and specialists and will explore participation in alternative payment terms that promote coordinated care and responsibility for quality and cost.

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