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South Shore Health System (SSHS) is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, charitable health system comprising South Shore Hospital, Health Provider Services Organization, South Shore Physician Hospital Organization, South Shore Hospital Charitable Foundation and South Shore Physician Ambulatory Enterprise.  It is the leading regional provider of health care services to the 700,000 residents of Southeastern Massachusetts. SSH&EC is governed by a ten-member Board, of whom seven are community volunteers.

South Shore Hospital (SSH) is a 378-bed, not-for-profit, tax-exempt, charitable provider of acute, emergency, outpatient, home health, and hospice care. SSH’s home care division includes South Shore Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the South Shore, and Home & Health Resources. The hospital’s 900-member medical staff represents all leading medical specialties. SSH employs 3,800 people, supported by a team of 700 volunteers. As the region’s leading provider of emergency, critical care, maternity, pediatric, cardiac, oncology, surgical, outpatient, home health, and hospice care services, SSH partners with leading academic medical centers to bring their physician experts to our region. SSH is governed by an 11-member Board, of whom nine are community volunteers.

South Shore Physician Ambulatory Enterprise is a not-for-profit organization that employs physicians and advanced practice clinicians who want to play a central role in redesigning care across the continuum. The purpose of the Physician Ambulatory Enterprise is to build greater alignment and engagement among SSH and its 900-member medical staff. In 2013, the SSHEC Board of Directors authorized the investment of $30 million to form the Physician Ambulatory Enterprise and to support the South Shore Clinical Integration Network. The Enterprise is led by a physician and is governed by a 15-member Board.

Health Provider Services Organization (HPSO) is a not-for-profit organization that exists to align the interests of the community, physicians and SSH in the provision of integrated, coordinated patient care. It is governed by a board of five Medical Staff-elected physicians and four Hospital-appointed administrators, supported by an executive director. HPSO represents the entirety of SSH’s Medical Staff members and is not predisposed to any one particular type of physician or practice model. HPSO is focused on three priorities to more fully engage and align SSH Medical Staff members in building a System of Care, including:

  • The South Shore Clinical Integration Network, made up of SSH physicians and other care providers whose purpose is to strengthen clinical processes, communication and coordination to improve quality, efficiency and the patient care experience;
  • The Professional Leadership Development Series, which helps SSH’s Medical Staff members build their leadership skills to successfully navigate changes in health care delivery and payments; and
  • Strategic Planning, focused on standardizing clinical care, using data and information technology to drive quality and safety, and managing population health and cultivate the next generation of physician leaders.

South Shore Physician Hospital Organization (SSPHO) provides managed care health insurance contracting and administrative services for its two organizational members:  South Shore Hospital (SSH) and the Physicians Organization of the South Shore (POSS).  Dedicated to the preservation of quality and value in patient care by enhancing community access to primary and specialty care services. SSPHO helps members manage total medical expense to improve the affordability of high-quality health care. SSPHO achieves these goals by encouraging our member providers to work together in pursuit of the Triple Aim:  better care for individuals, better health for populations, and lower cost per capita. Consistently recognized by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan, and Tufts Associated Health Plan for innovation and clinical achievement in the delivery of health care services. 

South Shore Health System Foundation generates philanthropic support to advance the health system’s charitable mission. SSHS is fortunate to have significant financial support provided by a broad base of generous donors. In 2013, the Foundation, which is advised by a 60-member volunteer Board of Trustees, successfully concluded a five-year $40 million fundraising campaign, the largest campaign in the health system’s 90-year history.


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