|By Terry Dickson, The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The two hospital systems signed the agreement Friday and there's something in it for both, said
"We'll be purchasing through them. We can save about
Boatright said the hospital facilities are still owned by
"We're still independent. We're haven't merged. We haven't sold,'' he said.
In a press release, the two systems said
As for referral of health patients, Boatright acknowledged that program has been going on for years, and in the release,
"Employed physicians from
Actually, Bell and Ferree have been in the area for decades working as cardiologists in
Not that it's been easy. They were among about a dozen St. Vincent's physicians who had their privileges at the
At the time,
"This is Day 1 of the affiliation. We don't have plans yet,'' but both systems have ideas that will be fully explored, Mayher said.
St. Vincent's CEO
The program examines the treatment of the sickest and most frail to help educate those patients on how they can change diets or lifestyles to prevent repeated admissions to the hospital, Chisolm said.
Not only will that help the patients, it will result in lower costs to the government, company insurance plans or whomever is paying the bills, he said.
Like many rural hospitals,
Turner said she was confident the alliance would help