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Three iconic US healthcare organisations are set to develop a new regional network of care

Exeter Health Resources, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Wentworth-Douglass Hospital have signed a letter of intent to explore opportunities to deve...

Catherine Sturman
|May 19|magazine9 min read

Exeter Health Resources, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Wentworth-Douglass Hospital have signed a letter of intent to explore opportunities to develop a new regional network to collaboratively deliver health care.

A new regional non-profit corporation will be developed that serves as the parent to Exeter Health Resources and Wentworth-Douglass, and the new corporation will be a subsidiary of Mass General.

By looking at ways to strengthen, enhance and grow clinical programmes and services to best meet the health care needs of the community, the trio’s vision will focus on providing care in a cost-effective, coordinated and sustainable manner.

Since joining Mass General, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital has implemented a new, system-wide electronic medical record process and business support applications to create a more seamless experience for patients.

In addition, the two organisations have collaborated on clinical programme development, adding new specialised programmes in epilepsy treatment, congestive heart failure, and electrophysiology.

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Mass General remains one of the oldest and largest teaching hospitals in the US, housing the largest hospital-based research programme in the country, admitting over 50,000 patients and undertaking 42,000 operations annually.

“When we joined Mass General, our vision was to bring greater access to the highest-quality clinical care in the region; to develop the most qualified and capable physician network supported by the most sophisticated technology and advanced health records systems – and to continue to deliver care locally,” says Greg Walker, President and CEO of Wentworth-Douglass Hospital.

That vision is shared by Kevin Callahan, President and CEO of Exeter Health Resources. “We believe that through the creation of a new integrated regional health care network, Exeter Health Resources, Inc. and its affiliates can not only advance their collective mission of improving the health of the community through the provision of high quality health care services, but also position our organisation to thrive in the future.

“Importantly, developing this regional health care delivery network combines the outstanding qualities of those institutions with those of Exeter Health Resources and creates a new pathway for communities to access high value health care – from primary care to the most advanced care available.”