Beth Israel Lahey Expands Orthopedic Surgery Care, Using Baptist Hospital as a Model

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Beverly and Anna Jaques will rename their orthopedic surgery programs as the New England Baptist.

“It’s about leveraging the knowledge and intellectual capital that exists in a hospital for the well-being of patients in the community,” said Dr. Kevin Tabb, CEO of Beth Israel Lahey Health.

“Patients can choose where they want to go. We need to provide them with access. . . so they choose us, ”he said.

Tabb described the orthopedic surgery program as the first of several ongoing clinical collaborations, including in the areas of behavioral health, women and infant care, and cancer care.

The initiative is focused on hip and knee replacement surgeries and hospital-based spine operations, but will expand later to include other types of surgeries and other hospitals in the system. Beth Israel Lahey.

Baptist surgeons in New England are working from lists of dozens of best practices designed to prevent infections and achieve the best possible results for patients undergoing joint replacement surgery.

This includes protocols for providing care before, during and after surgery, said Dr. Eric L. Smith, head of arthroplasty at the New England Baptist. It also includes best practices for reducing risk in patients with chronic conditions, such as diabetes.

“We are constantly re-evaluating our data,” added Smith.

The New England Baptist Hospital, located at Mission Hill in Boston, is renowned for its orthopedic care and has a long-standing partnership to care for Boston Celtics players.

Its surgeons performed 13,629 orthopedic surgeries in the past fiscal year. That number has declined in recent years as more surgeries have moved from hospitals to outpatient care, but New England Baptist is working to expand its outpatient surgery program, spokeswoman Lisa Rand said.

Gary Lee, vice president of clinical services at Anna Jaques Hospital, said the partnership will allow more local patients to stay close to home for their hip and knee surgeries, avoiding travel to Boston.

Anna Jaques’ surgeons perform around 500 joint replacements per year. “We hope to see an increase in volume,” Lee said.

Beth Israel Lahey Health was founded in March 2019, the result of a merger between Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Mount Auburn Hospital, New England Baptist and several others.

The hospitals completed the merger after receiving approval from the Federal Trade Commission and Attorney General Maura Healey. Healey’s office negotiated several conditions on the deal, including seven years of price caps and commitments that hospitals would expand low-income patients’ access to Medicaid.

Beth Israel Lahey Health officials said they were still finalizing the numbers, but expect to report operating profit of $ 70 million and revenue of $ 5.8 billion for fiscal year 2019.

Beth Israel Lahey Health was created in part to act as a counterweight to the state’s largest hospital system, Partners HealthCare, the parent company of Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals.

Although the two systems control similar market shares, Partners has the most significant financial resources. Last week, Partners reported operating income of $ 485 million and revenue of approximately $ 14 billion for the fiscal year ended September 30.

Partners is considering changing its corporate name to Mass General Brigham, which, like Beth Israel Lahey Health, will reflect the names of its two most prestigious hospitals.


Priyanka Dayal McCluskey can be contacted at priyanka.mccluskey@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @priyanka_dayal.



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