Novant forms partnership with Savannah-based medical center
Aug 30, 2012 (Winston-Salem Journal - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Novant Health Inc. said today its Shared Services division has formed an operational partnership with Memorial Health, an academic medical center based in Savannah, Ga.
The Novant division will assist Memorial with its supply chain, clinical engineering and information technology, as well as offer strategies to improve its clinical performance and identify growth opportunities.
The organizations will remain independent, retaining their local ownership and governance. It is Novant's first reach into a Georgia health-care market.
Memorial serves 35 counties in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina with Memorial University Medical Center, which has 530 beds.
Memorial also has primary and specialty physician networks, a medical education program, business and industry services, and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center.
"We look forward to working with Memorial on best practices and clinical expertise to achieve excellence in patient care and safety, while also creating efficiencies and improvements that will benefit the communities we both serve," Carl Armato, president and chief executive of Novant, said in a statement.
Maggie Gill, president and chief executive of Memorial Health, said that through the partnership, "we will create cost-saving and growth opportunities that will provide significant value to our patients and our communities. We believe our cultures, values and mission are well aligned."
Novant said it created the division "to assist hospitals and the communities they serve through a wide range of partnership possibilities that preserve local market ownership and autonomy."
It is the second partnership the Novant division has reached in the past month.
Novant said in July it was re-entering the critical-access hospital business by taking over management of Ashe Memorial Hospital in Jefferson. Under regulatory rules, a critical-access hospital is one that is limited to 25 beds and serves as a gateway to other hospitals that can handle more complex or specialized services.
Ashe Memorial's board of trustees chose Novant to replace Quorom Health Resources, which has overseen its operations since 1981. Novant's three-year contract begins Aug. 1, 2013.
The Ashe Memorial agreement represents a new operational direction for Novant, considering it has preferred owning the hospitals it grafts into its health-care system.
Novant operates 13 hospitals in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, as well as a medical group consisting of 1,130 physicians in 349 clinic offices.
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