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BIDMC, MetroWest Medical Center Explore Clinical Partnership

Goal is clinical affiliation bringing expansion of services offered at MetroWest, improved patient access to specialty care in the community hospital setting and offering MetroWest community access to advanced medical care at BIDMC.

BOSTON - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and MetroWest Medical Center (MWMC) have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore an affiliation that will lead to the expansion of a services offered at MetroWest, create a clinical integration model that would improve patient access to specialty care in the community hospital setting and offer the MetroWest community access to advanced medical care at BIDMC.

This affiliation seeks to build upon the longstanding relationship that BIDMC and MWMC have had over several years in areas such as cardiology and oncology. As part of the agreement, the hospitals would collaborate on quality initiatives such as the increased use of electronic health records and patients at MWMC would have access to physicians from Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (HMFP), both at MetroWest Medical Center and at BIDMC.

"Over the next several months, we will be discussing the specifics of how we can work together to expand clinical services for patients in the MetroWest area," said Stanley C. Lewis, MD, senior vice president of network integration at BIDMC. "We would seek a model that fits our philosophy of affiliating with valued community partners."

The affiliation currently being explored would create a clinical integration model that would expand the range, comprehensiveness and quality of clinical services available to MetroWest residents. As part of the agreement, the parties would collaborate on providing more depth to existing programs, explore the creation of new programs and focus on the recruitment of primary care physicians who will treat patients in the MetroWest area.

"We look forward to exploring a partnership with Beth Israel Deaconess that would further our mission of providing the highest in quality care to our patients in their community," said Andrei Soran, CEO of MetroWest Medical Center. "Bringing the expertise of a Boston teaching hospital to our community would allow our patients to receive all but the most acute care in their own community."

Over the next 180 days leadership at MetroWest Medical Center, BIDMC and HMFP will work to identify and determine the specifics of a possible agreement.

"In the current health care environment these types of affiliations are critical to ensuring that we continue to anticipate the medical needs of our community and provide affordable, high quality care in the right setting," added Soran.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and consistently ranks among the top four in National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide. BIDMC is clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit www.bidmc.org .

MetroWest Medical Center is a full-service community teaching hospital system dedicated to meeting the health care needs of the MetroWest region of Massachusetts by providing advanced care with a community touch. The 424-bed health care system - the largest between Worcester and Boston - includes Framingham Union Hospital, Leonard Morse Hospital in Natick, MetroWest HomeCare and Hospice, and The MetroWest Wellness Center, an outpatient diagnostic imaging and rehabilitation center. For more information, visit www.mwmc.com.