June 10, 1994
Media Contact:Joann Rodgers
Phone: (410) 955-8659
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Officials of the Johns Hopkins Health System, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Upper Chesapeake Health System today announced plans to pursue a long-term strategic alliance in which the institutions retain their existing corporate structures but work together on a variety of joint activities, including developing a new comprehensive community health facility and contracting with managed-care organizations.

"The key goal of this alliance is to foster community health improvement in the Upper Chesapeake service area, beginning with Hopkins' support of a new facility," said Frederick 0. Mitchell, chair of the Upper Chesapeake board. The Harford County region where Upper Chesapeake is located is the fastest growing in Central Maryland.

"With this alliance, we have found a way to put quality first, while meeting the mandates of the new era of managed-care and cost-containment, " said Constance F. Row, president of Upper Chesapeake. "Johns Hopkins represents the epitome of quality in health care and is known not only regionally, but nationally and internationally."

Michael E. Johns, M.D., dean of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and vice president for medicine of the University, and James k Block, M.D., president and chief executive officer of the Johns Hopkins Health System and hospital, pointed to the alliance as the first of a series of community affiliations with hospitals outside Baltimore City and Baltimore County environs.

"This alliance is indicative of our desire to work with community hospitals and physicians to deliver care in a cost-effective way," Said Johns. It signals our intention to partner with others to a greater degree."

"Such partnerships are proven strategies for meeting community health-care needs with quality and in a cost-effective way," Block said. 'ne opportunity to partner with the Upper Chesapeake Health System brings us closer to our goal of influencing the health status of more citizens in Maryland."

The agreement represents an affiliation between the existing institutions, other than a merger or acquisition, and ensures that they will retain their current corporate structures, governance, assets and relationships to their respective communities.

The Upper Chesapeake Health System consists of two community hospitals, Harford Memorial and Fallston General, a group of Family Care Centers, and related businesses.

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