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January 3, 2013

Hospital affiliation OK'd by Health Department

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“The affiliation also will foster the academic mission. With an integrated health-care system, we have an opportunity to train the next generation of physicians, nurses and other providers in a clinical environment of the future — one that emphasizes coordination and integration — and to provide expanded opportunities for clinical research.”

CLINICAL PARTNERSHIPS

Fletcher Allen Partners has governing powers over all of its members, including approval rights over significant matters of each organization, such as budgets, strategic plans and major financial decisions.

Its 27-member Board of Trustees is drawn from the membership of the organizations’ current boards and medical staffs, including 14 members from Fletcher Allen, seven from Community Providers and six from Central Vermont Medical.

Mundy is the executive vice president for northern New York, and Central Vermont Medical President and CEO Judy Tartaglia is the executive vice president of the Vermont Community Hospital Division.

The affiliation is crafted to build on existing clinical partnerships among the institutions. For example, the release said, Fletcher Allen already provides specialized physician services for the Central Vermont community. Fletcher Allen also provides clinical oversight of the heart-surgery program at CVPH Medical Center.

SHARED OBJECTIVES

Under the proposed affiliation, the four hospitals would participate with Fletcher Allen Partners in developing and implementing system-wide initiatives and programs that promote their shared objectives, including initiatives that: increase access and improve the quality of health-care services through joint clinical initiatives; centralize administrative functions, such as group purchasing to reduce costs and improve efficiency; engage in regional planning to address regional health-care needs; and explore the development of a common electronic health-record platform over the next three years.

Under the affiliation, each health-care institution retains its own board, management and medical staff.

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