Lahey Health and St. Joseph Healthcare Strengthen Affiliation

Preferred Clinical Affiliation Paves the Way for Seamless, Exceptional Care for Patients in the Region

June 18, 2014

BURLINGTON, MA (JUNE 17, 2014) – Today, Lahey Health and St. Joseph Healthcare announced plans to expand the collaboration between the two health systems. This newly expanded agreement will broaden the current relationship between the two organizations through joint clinical service line development, allowing the physicians of Lahey Hospital & Medical Center and St. Joseph Healthcare in New Hampshire to work in partnership to provide an integrated, comprehensive, and high-quality continuum of care for the southern New Hampshire region.

Lahey Health is a physician-led, community-focused healthcare organization that provides patients with safe, high-quality care through a system of award-winning hospitals, comprehensive senior care and at-home services, extensive behavioral health resources and primary care practices. Its network includes nearly 1,000 community-based, nationally recognized physicians who provide clinical excellence and an exceptional patient experience. Its flagship hospital, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, is an academic medical center consistently recognized as one of America’s top hospitals.

St. Joseph Healthcare, a member of Tewksbury-based Covenant Health Systems, is a Magnet designated hospital that delivers high quality health and wellness care to the residents of the southern New Hampshire region. A Joint Commission Top Performer for the last three consecutive years, St. Joseph Healthcare provides leading edge surgical and cardiovascular care. A newly expanded and renovated Emergency Department opened in April, serves 24x7 field activated trauma, stroke and angioplasty teams. St. Joseph Healthcare offers round-the-clock emergency services, comprehensive and specialized treatment in cancer care. The hospital is also home to a CARF-accredited rehabilitation medicine unit which houses New Hampshire’s first CARF-accredited stroke program.

“Lahey Health is committed to working with respected community providers to enhance the care already being provided so that patients can receive safe, high-quality care and stay close to their families and their homes,” said Howard Grant, JD, MD, president and chief executive officer of Lahey Health. “We’re delighted to announce this enhanced relationship with St. Joseph Healthcare so that we can further achieve these goals as well as lower costs and improve the overall patient experience for so many in the region.”

“This expanded affiliation between St. Joseph Healthcare and Lahey Health is a testament to the long-standing successful collaboration our two organizations have enjoyed for many years. St. Joseph Healthcare and Lahey Health have been delivering high-quality, well-coordinated care to patients through our many clinical connections that already exist in areas of neurosurgery, trauma and stroke. It is the successful outcomes for our shared patients that have led us to develop a deeper affiliation,” said Richard Boehler, MD, MBA, FACPE, president and CEO of St. Joseph Healthcare. “Both organizations have similar visions for the future of healthcare, and we are committed to an integrated approach that will ensure quality, lower costs, and improve the experience for all our patients. Partnering with Lahey Health allows us to continue to deliver on that promise.”

Under the expanded clinical affiliation, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington, Mass., will serve as St. Joseph Healthcare’s preferred medical center for patients who require tertiary and quaternary specialty or subspecialty services above and beyond what is available locally. In addition, physicians from both hospitals will make collaborative assessments of specialist and consultative service needs at St. Joseph Healthcare. The hospitals will also share resources for clinical leadership, education and program development for jointly identified service lines, including cancer treatment.

For more information about Lahey Health, its services and physicians, visit LaheyHealth.org or become a fan on Facebook. For more information about St. Joseph Healthcare, visit StJosephHospital.com, become a fan on Facebook, or follow it on Twitter.

About Lahey Health
Lahey Health is what's next in healthcare, providing a full continuum of integrated health services close to where you live or work. It is comprised of nationally recognized, award-winning hospitals—including an academic hospital and medical center, and community hospitals—primary care providers, specialist physicians, behavioral health services, post-acute programs such as home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities, and senior care resources located throughout northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.

Lahey Health offers nearly 1,000 locally based physicians providing clinical excellence and an exceptional patient experience in adult and pediatric primary care and every medical specialty, including kidney and liver transplantation; cancer, cardiovascular and orthopedic medical and surgical care; local emergency and trauma care; urological surgery; chronic disease prevention and health management; and pediatric emergency, newborn and inpatient care provided in collaboration with Boston Children's Hospital physicians.

Lahey Health includes Lahey Hospital & Medical Center—a teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine—and Lahey Clinic physician group with practices in Burlington, Peabody and other locations throughout northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire; Beverly Hospital; Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, Mass.; Lahey Health Senior Care and Lahey Health Behavioral Services as well as more than 30 primary care physician practices and multiple outpatient and satellite specialty care facilities.

Together, we are making innovative, integrated healthcare more personal and more accessible. For more information, visit LaheyHealth.org and its member websites Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Beverly Hospital, and Lahey Health Behavioral Services.

About St. Joseph Healthcare
St. Joseph Healthcare is a 208-bed acute care community hospital serving the southern New Hampshire region. St. Joseph Healthcare was the first community hospital in New Hampshire to achieve Magnet Nursing status and one of only four hospitals in the state to have achieved Joint Commission Top Performer designation the past three consecutive years. In partnership with SJ Physician Services, the multi-specialty physician network of St. Joseph Healthcare, care is delivered in nineteen satellite facilities located in Nashua and the region. Additionally, home and hospice services are delivered through St. Joseph Home and Hospice Care. The mission of St. Joseph Healthcare is to provide exceptional, compassionate person-centered care to all we serve as inspired by the healing ministry of Jesus and as modeled by St. Marguerite d’Youville. St. Joseph Healthcare physicians, nurses and employees at every level provide more than $25 M in charity care, uncompensated care and community benefit annually.

About Covenant Health Systems
Covenant Health Systems is an innovative, Catholic regional health delivery network and a leader in values-based, not for profit health and elder care. Covenant consists of hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living residences, and other health and elder care organizations throughout New England.



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For more information:

Kyle B. Reilly
Director of Media Relations
Lahey Health
781.744.9665
kyle.reilly@lahey.org

Lindsay Kaled
Director, Marketing and Community Health Education
St. Joseph Healthcare
603-882-3000 x 63240
lkaled@sjhnh.org

Susan McDonough
VP, Systems Strategy and Development
Covenant Health Systems
978-654-6363
Susan_McDonough@covenanths.org