first_imgBrattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH), Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock of Lebanon, NH, are working with health care management consultants Helms and Company, Inc, to identify and assess opportunities for more efficient clinical coordination and cost effective health care services, to maximize access and quality of care for their shared community.Helms and Company has designed a process to include input from multiple constituencies-patients, public, medical staffs, Board members, and management. The process will also use utilization and referral data for the service area.BMH Board of Directors Chairman Carl Lynde says the report is expected to be completed by this fall, at which time each of the hospitals governing boards will consider the consultants recommendations. Lynde adds the hospitals also expect to coordinate with Vermonts Green Mountain Care Board on the project.This is another opportunity for Vermont to exhibit leadership in the national efforts to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of health care delivery, says Lynde. Were looking forward to working with Helms and Company to continue our mission of providing the highest-quality and most cost-effective care possible for the communities we serve.Debbie Boyle, President of the Grace Cottage Hospital Board of Trustees, stressed that collaboration and coordination of health care services are a natural, as BMH and Grace Cottage are located just 17 miles apart, in towns of Brattleboro and Townshend. Our two hospitals already share medical specialists and have worked together on the community health assessment.Recommendations from the study will have significant input from the physicians already caring for our population, says Robert Backus, M.D., who has served on the Medical Staff of Grace Cottage since 1978. We hope the review will identify possibilities for cooperation that will benefit all of our patients, says Backus.Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and Grace Cottage are members of the New England Alliance for Health (NEAH), a consortium of 17 health care organizations in Vermont, New Hampshire, and western Massachusetts, staffed and managed by Dartmouth-Hitchcock, which work together to promote collaboration, coordination of care and population-based resource planning among its members and regional partners. NEAH provides services which enable its members to improve the quality of patient care and contain health care costs.One of our highest goals at Dartmouth-Hitchcock is population health for the region, says Dartmouth-Hitchcock Executive Vice President for Strategy and Network Relations Steven J. Leblanc. Through this collaboration with BMH, Grace Cottage, and Helms, we will continue to support the regional coordination of care delivery. Adds BMH Medical Staff President Elizabeth McLarney, M.D.: Dartmouth-Hitchcocks participation will give us a full perspective of the tertiary care needs of our population as well.The three hospitals are also current participants in the OneCare Vermont Accountable Care Organization (ACO) working to develop new payment models for Medicare patients in the Green Mountain state.###ABOUT BRATTLEBORO MEMORIAL HOSPITALBrattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) has provided health care services for over 100 years. A licensed, 61-bed, not-for-profit community hospital located in southeastern Vermont, it serves a rural population of about 55,000 people in 22 towns in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The medical staff includes 137 board-certified physicians, both primary care and many specialists, and its 572 employees enjoy the help of over 110 active volunteers.ABOUT GRACE COTTAGE HOSPITALGrace Cottage Hospital is a 19-bed inpatient facility for acute and rehabilitative care. It is equipped with a 24-hour emergency department for critical care treatment, a hospice suite, rehabilitation department, and state-of-the-art laboratory and diagnostic imaging departments. Its 11 practitioners provide family practice, pediatric, and mental health care to approximately 7,000 individual patients annually. The Grace Cottage community includes an active Auxiliary and volunteer program.ABOUT DARTMOUTH-HITCHCOCKDartmouth-Hitchcock is a national leader in academic medicine, particularly in evidence-based and patient-centered health care, medical research, and health care policy reform. Our system includes hundreds of physicians, specialists, and other providers who work together to meet the health care needs of more than 1.5 million patients in Northern New England. Patients have access to specialists in almost every area of medicine with primary care services at local community practices, as well as world-class research at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Brattleboro, VT (April 29, 2013)last_img