Quincy Medical Center and Tufts Medical Center Aannounce Clinical Affiliation

June 30, 2010

Medical Centers to collaborate on patient care initiatives

QUINCY (June 30)  – Quincy Medical Center and Tufts Medical Center are pleased to announce a clinical affiliation that will support and expand Quincy Medical Center’s ability to offer high-quality clinical services to local patients, and will enhance area residents’ access to advanced, tertiary-level care.
“Our clinical affiliation with Tufts Medical Center is designed to bring services to the community that complement the excellent care provided by our community physician partners,” said John N. Kastanis, Interim CEO of Quincy Medical Center. “Our affiliation is a key step forward in implementing our plans to achieve long term financial stability for Quincy Medical Center.”
“Tufts Medical Center is pleased that our physicians will be working closely with their community-based colleagues in Quincy to ensure that patients in Quincy Medical Center’s area have access to the best possible care,” said Ellen Zane, President and CEO of Tufts Medical Center. “Our model of care reinforces our strong belief that patients should receive the appropriate care in the appropriate location, and our clinical affiliation is designed to enable more care to be delivered in the Quincy community.”
The two hospitals also announced today that the first clinical programs to be expanded at Quincy Medical Center as a result of the affiliation are breast cancer surgery and thoracic surgery. Other programs in development include enhanced cardiology services and geriatric services offered at Quincy Medical Center as well as outreach to the Asian communities both hospitals serve.
“The QMC medical staff has been very involved in developing this affiliation,” said QMC Medical Staff President Thomas Fitzgerald, MD. “These new services bring a more comprehensive capacity to the community that our physicians have been asking for and the medical staff is excited to welcome our new colleagues to Quincy.”
“The QMC Board of Trustees is committed to the success of Quincy Medical Center and this affiliation with Tufts Medical Center is a great positive step forward,” said Grace Murphy-McAuliffe, Chair of the Board. “I want to thank my colleagues on the Board and the QMC staff for their continuing dedication to our community’s health.”
An important goal of the affiliation is to enable more patients to get their care at Quincy Medical Center by expanding the hospital’s services and supporting existing programs. At the same time, when patients need tertiary-level care, Tufts Medical Center will be Quincy Medical Center’s preferred referral center. The Quincy Medical Center – Tufts Medical Center collaboration will ensure high quality patient care that is well coordinated, provided in the best clinical setting, and close to home.
Quincy Medical Center is the primary preferred community hospital for patients who see primary care physicians from New England Quality Care Alliance’s Quincy Primary Care group including those at Manet Community Health Center. Primary care physicians from Granite Medical Group and Harvard Vanguard Quincy also use Quincy Medical Center as their preferred community hospital.
“A strong Quincy Medical Center is vitally important to our patients, and to us,” said Eric Cohen, MD, President of Quincy Primary Care and member of the NEQCA board. “I am confident that this affiliation will offer great value to our patients and to my primary care colleagues in the Quincy area.”
“Manet Community Health Center and Quincy Medical Center both have a special focus on providing health care to underserved members of our community,” said Henry Tuttle, CEO of Manet. “In recent years, our two organizations have been particularly dedicated to serving the needs of Quincy’s growing Asian population. We are pleased to see Quincy Medical Center affiliating with another institution that has made serving the underserved part of its core mission, and that also shares a special focus on the Asian community.”
“The physicians of Granite Medical and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Quincy greatly support a vibrant Quincy Medical Center,” said Gene Lindsey, MD, President and CEO, Atrius Health, the parent company of Granite Medical and Harvard Vanguard. “We believe a strong clinical affiliation with Tufts Medical Center will bolster QMC’s mission of providing excellent patient care in the community.”

About Quincy Medical Center

Quincy Medical Center is a 196-bed acute care community-teaching hospital, providing the highest quality, most personalized and comprehensive medical and surgical services to patients throughout the South Shore. A private, nonprofit hospital, QMC has played a vital role in the community since 1890, serving the needs of its diverse patient population without exception. QMC is an academic affiliate of Boston University School of Medicine, and is a leader in quality benchmarks both state and nationwide.

About Tufts Medical Center

Tufts Medical Center is an exceptional, not-for-profit, 451-bed academic medical center that is home to both a full-service hospital for adults and Floating Hospital for Children. Conveniently located in downtown Boston, the Medical Center is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. Floating Hospital for Children is the full-service children's hospital of Tufts Medical Center and the principal pediatric teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. For more information, please visit www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org.
Quincy Medical Center Contact:
Janice Sullivan
(617) 376-4017
Tufts Medical Center Contact:
Julie Jette
(617) 636-3265