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Brigham and Women's and South Shore Hospitals Team Up for Advanced Clinical Care in Southeastern Mass.

For Immediate Release:
Media Contact: Scott Pickard
July 15, 2005

SO. WEYMOUTH, Mass. Jul. 15 --- Brigham and Women's Hospital and South Shore Hospital have entered into a clinical affiliation agreement to develop health care programs for adults living and working in a broad region south of Boston to the Cape Cod Canal and east from Norwood, Attleboro and Taunton.

A statement from the two hospitals said that they plan to cooperatively offer specialized surgical, cardiovascular, cancer, primary care and women's health services to increase the availability and accessibility of advanced care, while enhancing clinical continuity, quality and safety. The statement said that the agreement between the two organizations is not a corporate merger and does not involve combining their boards, medical staff, finances or any assets.

Gary L. Gottlieb, MD, president of Brigham and Women's Hospital, said, "Brigham and Women's Hospital looks forward to our affiliation with South Shore Hospital. We share a dedication to excellence in health care. Working hand-in-hand, both institutions are embracing an opportunity to deliver the right care at the right place to best serve our patients."

Richard H. Aubut, South Shore Hospital president, said, "This is an unprecedented opportunity for South Shore Hospital to offer the people of our region an unmatched level and combination of care. We thank our colleagues at Brigham and Women's Hospital for thinking out-of-the-box in this inventive and unselfish partnership that will advance our hospital's mission of healing, caring and comforting."

During the last several years, South Shore Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital have worked together to offer a comprehensive Breast Care Center, reproductive medicine program, gynecological surgery, and urogynecology program. They also jointly established a general surgery practice called Brigham and Women's Surgical Associates at South Shore Hospital, as well as a Harvard Medical School-affiliated surgical residency program at the South Weymouth hospital.

The hospitals said that additional announcements about specific program start-ups would be made in coming months.

South Shore Hospital is a 284-bed not-for-profit, tax-exempt, charitable provider of acute, emergency, outpatient, home health, and hospice care to the people of Southeastern Massachusetts. The hospital also has 80 bassinets in its special care and regular nurseries.

South Shore Hospital employs 3,400 full- and part-time employees and features the Southeastern Massachusetts' largest and most clinically diverse medical staff, with more than 760 members.

Brigham and Women's Hospital is a 735-bed not-for-profit, teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a founding member of Partners HealthCare System, an integrated health care delivery network. Internationally recognized as a leading academic health care institution, Brigham and Women's Hospital is committed to excellence in patient care, medical research and the training and education of health care professionals.

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