NEWBURYPORT — Under the Beth Israel Lahey Health hospital merger, which officially launched Friday, Anna Jaques Hospital is looking at a “major expansion” in the future, according to its chief executive officer.
Mark Goldstein, the president and CEO, said the expansion will include maintaining current offices in Amesbury and Haverhill while branching out to new markets in Seabrook and Salisbury. He plans to make an announcement at the hospital’s annual meeting March 7 at 5 p.m. at Blue Ocean Event Center in Salisbury.
“We envision expanding our operating room and making improvements to our campus that we never would have been able to dream about as part of the system and the support of our community,” Goldstein said.
The hospital affiliation loops in 13 hospitals, including the entire Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health systems. Besides Anna Jaques, the deal also includes Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge and New England Baptist Hospital in Boston. The newfound merger brings competition to Partners HealthCare, which encompasses Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Beth Israel Lahey Health will bring together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,000 physicians and 35,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education, according to a press release.
Kevin Tabb, MD, president and CEO of Beth Israel Lahey Health, said the creation of the new health system is the beginning of a transformation of health care in the state and locally.
“As part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, Anna Jaques Hospital will continue to play the vital role it has played in the Newburyport community for more than 135 years,” Tabb said. “Through true partnerships between local and system leaders, as well as the enthusiasm and talent of all our employees and providers, we will work together across our new, integrated system to invest in and strengthen community-based care.”
Goldstein said the network will provide a wide range of services for patient care. Through the merger, he said, those services can be offered closer to where patients live and work, rather than requiring patients to travel to Boston.
“We suspect we’re going to do some incredible things in the new system,” Goldstein said. “For our community hospital... I often think of communities who have hospitals and haven’t found a way to reinvent themselves and deliver care patients want. We’ve been blessed with that in our community.”
Goldstein, who will remain the Anna Jaques president and CEO, noted the Newburyport hospital will keep its own Board of Directors and community-based mission. The hospital is taking on the priority of providing high quality patient satisfaction and treatment in the new health system, said Goldstein, who noted affordability and accessibility will play key factors.
Anna Jaques will continue to build relationships with its new partners relating to cancer care, the hospital’s breast care center, maternal-fetal medicine and stroke care. Goldstein said the hospital will continue to “raise the bar and give patients a high quality choice locally.”
The network will include a physician enterprise that encompasses the system’s network of more than 800 primary care doctors and 3,500 specialty physicians throughout the eastern part of the state, according to Tabb.
In addition, the health network will feature a hospital and ambulatory services group that includes four academic and teaching hospitals affiliated with Harvard Medical School and Tufts University School of Medicine; specialty hospitals for orthopedics and behavioral health; comprehensive ambulatory and urgent care centers; a population health enterprise working to strengthen quality of care and patient health outcomes across the system and to address health disparities and public health issues like addiction and chronic disease.
“Each of the organizations joining Beth Israel Lahey Health brings a strong legacy and unique expertise to this new system,” said Ann Ellen Hornidge, chair of the board of Beth Israel Lahey Health. “In coming together, we embrace our individual strengths and commit to working together to make a difference for our patients and our communities by expanding access to reimagine the future of health care in Massachusetts.”
For information about Beth Israel Lahey Health, visit: www.bilh.org.