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Area hospitals form new regional system

Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Southern Tennessee Medical Center in Winchester, Emerald Hodgson Hospital in Sewanee, Hillside Hospital in Pulaski and Crockett Hospital in Lawrenceburg have combined to form Southern Tennessee Regional Health System.

The four hospitals, all affiliated with LifePoint Hospitals of Brentwood, will join forces to share best clinical practices for quality care, achieve operational efficiencies, create organizational scale to enable the addition and expansion of important services, and expand access to primary care services in the southern middle Tennessee region. The combined system has 382 licensed beds, more than 300 affiliated physicians, 1,250 employees and serves more than 160,000 people in rural communities in the region.

Phil Young, Chief Executive Officer of Southern Tennessee Medical Center and Emerald Hodgson Hospital, will continue to oversee the operations of these facilities and serve as president of STRHS. Jeff Noblin, CEO of Crockett Hospital in Lawrenceburg, and Jeff Jennings, CEO of Hillside Hospital in Pulaski, will continue in their current roles.

This innovative organizational move is designed to address unprecedented changes in the healthcare industry. The changing healthcare landscape has prompted LifePoint and its southern Tennessee facilities to create STRHS to improve healthcare delivery in Tennessee’s rural communities.

The four hospitals included in the new health system have been meeting the unique needs of their respective communities for many years. The new health system brings together the combined strengths and resources of the four hospitals to continue to improve quality care and enhance access to important healthcare services to a growing number of Tennesseans. By joining forces, the hospitals will have the scale to expand and improve services, while bringing about efficiencies to minimize cost.

“As affiliates of LifePoint Hospitals since the company’s founding in 1999, our four hospitals have benefited from shared services such as information technology, best practices in quality care and patient safety, and access to capital for ongoing investments in facilities and equipment,” said Young.

“By coming together under this new structure, we will create new opportunities to expand physician coverage in primary care, medical and surgical subspecialties. The new system also will allow our physicians to expand existing services, such as cardiology, orthopedic surgery and others and bring new services previously unavailable to our communities.

“Additionally, by coordinating certain management services we will realize efficiencies and standardizations that will advance our commitments to quality care and patient safety, while reducing costs where possible.”

“We are excited about our future as a new health system,” said Noblin. “Our patients, physicians, employees and our communities will see our hospitals become even better and stronger.”

Jennings added, “Our communities in southern middle Tennessee deserve and have come to expect the very best in Healthcare services. For the past 14 years our commitment has been to live up to those expectations. As part of Southern Tennessee Regional Health System we are better prepared to deliver on that commitment in the future.”