South County Hospital wants to clarify how it plans to work with other health care systems. Hospital officials now say the word “partnership” doesn’t adequately describe their plans.
South County Hospital CFO Tom Breen recently told Rhode Island Public Radio his organization wants to partner with another, larger health care system to improve service for patients. South County CEO Lou Giancola now says the word “partner” doesn’t mean the hospital is looking for a new owner.
“We are currently independent and seek to remain independent," said Giancola. "We are exploring ways that we can work with other systems to support our ability to care for our community.”
That might include joining forces with an insurer to try out a new payment model (such as an Accountable Care Organization) for physicians based on the quality, not quantity, of care. South County might also work with another hospital to expand some clinical services locally.