The New Beth Israel Lahey Health System
What does it mean for you?
On March 1, 2019, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth (BID-Plymouth) became a part of Beth Israel Lahey Health (BILH)--the second-largest health system in Massachusetts. The new health care system brings together four academic and teaching hospitals, eight community hospitals, a premier orthopedics hospital, 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.
The new BILH system includes Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and its network of community hospitals and Lahey Hospital in Burlington, as well as New England Baptist Hospital, Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge and Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport.
“With the creation of Beth Israel Lahey Health, we have an unprecedented opportunity to care for our patients and our communities in new and better ways,” said Kevin Tabb, MD, President and CEO of Beth Israel Lahey Health. “This is just the beginning of our journey to transform health care in Massachusetts into what we know it can and should be.”
What does the new BILH system mean for BID-Plymouth and its patients?
“Nothing is changing for patients today,” said BID-Plymouth President Kevin Coughlin. “Over time, atients can look forward to expanded access to a broader range of health care services close to home and work.”
BID-Plymouth retains its name in the new Beth Israel Lahey system; however the logo has changed and incorporates Beth Israel Lahey Health. Over the next year, all hospitals in the BILH system will begin to adopt a standard brand identity and more clinical integrations will also take place.
Five years ago, BID-Plymouth joined Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and since then the hospital’s inpatient volume has grown by 40% and its outpatient volume has grown by 12%. Additionally, the hospital hired an additional 400 new positions due to more patients choosing BID-Plymouth for their care.
“We attribute much of our growth to the hospital’s affiliation with Beth Israel Medical Center and its access to specialists in the larger network,” says Coughlin.“This is an example of how affiliations can tangibly help the people who live here – creating better jobs and providing better access to good health care in the community that they live in.”
Coughlin also points to the quality of care and safety enhancements that BID-Plymouth has enjoyed since the 2014 merger and will expect to continue in the new system.
- BID-Plymouth has received seven consecutive A-ratings from from Leapfrog, an independent hospital safety rating service.
- BID-Plymouth has received two consecutive 4-star ratings from the Centers for Medicare Medicaid for overall quality. BID-Plymouth is the only hospital south of Route 128 with the distinction.
Coughlin said the merger reflects the philosophy of Dr. Kevin Tabb, chief executive of Beth Israel Lahey Health, to deliver care in the community when appropriate.
“His approach, the system’s approach, is to drive care out of the expensive Boston organizations and into the community when appropriate,” Coughlin said. “If you distill it down, it’s just an opportunity for continuing and even improving care across the entire continuum and growth of the organization and jobs,” said Coughlin.
The benefits of the new BILH system for patients locally will be the continuation of the benefits this community has received over the last five years: expansion of services, improved quality, in-patient safety, and the ability for BID-Plymouth to provide health care services that it would not we’d not otherwise be able to offer as an independent hospital.
To learn more about Beth Israel Lahey Health, go to: www.bilh.org.
Portions of article taken from Old Colony Memorial (April, 2019)