Southcoast Physicians Network Renews Affiliation with New England Quality Care Alliance

October 7, 2013

Extends clinically integrated partnership; affirms NEQCA’s unique value in market
BRAINTREE, Mass. (October 7, 2013)—New England Quality Care Alliance (NEQCA), a network of almost 1,800 community and academic physicians affiliated with Tufts Medical Center, and Southcoast Physicians Network (SPN), announced today that Southcoast will extend their affiliation with NEQCA in a multi-year contract.
Southcoast Physicians Network (SPN), a group of more than 325 physicians (including 90 primary care physicians, and 235 specialists), is affiliated with Southcoast Health System and includes a number of physician practices throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
“For the past three years, our physicians and most importantly, our patients, have benefitted from our membership in NEQCA,” said Keith A. Hovan, President and CEO of Southcoast Health System and Southcoast Hospitals Group. “We are pleased to be renewing this contract that enables our physicians to continue to have preferred access to the specialists and services at Tufts Medical Center, when tertiary care services are required.”
“Among our collaborations, our doctors have partnered with NEQCA to improve quality of care for our patients—working hard to improve rates of preventive care visits, and to provide more comprehensive care for our patients with diabetes,” said Cynthia Wicks, President of Southcoast Physicians Network. “Our new agreement allows for us to continue our successful partnership and find new, collaborative ways to enhance our relationship and improve care for our region.”
The physicians of the Southcoast Physicians Network will continue to refer to their primary referral hospitals within Southcoast Hospitals Group: Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham. SPN physicians will also continue to have integrated access to Tufts Medical Center for highly specialized care when their patients have complex medical needs that require the most advanced care.
“This continues to be an exciting and dynamic time in health care,” said Dr. Jeffrey Lasker, President and CEO of New England Quality Care Alliance. “We are proud to announce another important renewal for our network.  We believe our efforts to achieve the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim of improving the health of populations, enhancing individual patient care and reducing the rise in healthcare costs are working.  Southcoast’s decision affirms this and the unique value the NEQCA network provides to our physicians and patients.”
“Renewals by innovative physicians groups like Southcoast show that NEQCA brings unparalleled resources to community practices, enabling physicians to respond most effectively to changes in the healthcare system,” said Michael Wagner, MD, Interim President and CEO of Tufts Medical Center. “At Tufts Medical Center, we look forward to continuing to work with our physician colleagues at Southcoast and their excellent local hospitals.”

Contact Information:

Alison Goodwin Nogi, NEQCA
(781) 664-1483;
Stephanie Poyant, Southcoast
(508) 973-5280;

About New England Quality Care Alliance (NEQCA)

New England Quality Care Alliance is a partnership of community and academic physicians dedicated to providing comprehensive, innovative, high-quality and affordable health care that brings value to their patients and the community. NEQCA is comprised of almost 500 primary care physicians and pediatricians along with more than 1,100 specialists, located in practices across Eastern Massachusetts, from the Merrimack Valley to Cape Cod.  NEQCA physicians are organized into groups called Local Care Organizations (LCOs), and are on staff at community hospitals throughout Eastern Massachusetts.  The NEQCA network is integrated with Tufts Medical Center, the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine and the Floating Hospital for Children, 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:

About Southcoast Physicians Network

Southcoast Physicians Network is a robust and growing association of more than 450 practitioners, 350 of whom are employed by Southcoast Physicians Group. As the region’s largest group of primary and specialty care providers, SPN is the leader in delivering high-quality, cost effective healthcare throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and parts of Rhode Island. SPN is part of the Southcoast Health System, which includes the three hospitals that make up Southcoast Hospitals Group — Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham. Southcoast is one of the largest community health systems in Massachusetts, and provides advanced clinical services, such as open heart surgery, angioplasty and heart rhythm services, comprehensive cancer care, neurosurgery, weight loss surgery, orthopedic surgery and advanced imaging services. Southcoast is a not-for-profit charitable organization that depends on the support of the community to provide services. More information is available online at