Chestertown Hospital, Hopkins Retain Independence

March 6, 1997
Media Contact: Gary Stephenson
Phone: (410) 955-5384

Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore and Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital in Chestertown, Md., on the Eastern Shore, have signed an agreement to affiliate, a move each organization sees as important in strengthening their strategic positions and in enhancing the region's health care services.

Under terms of the affiliation, both organizations retain their independence and will remain administratively separate. The affiliation will give Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital improved access to Hopkins' wide array of specialized health care services and resources, including physician and community education programs, assistance with physician recruitment, planning, new technologies and managed care contracting. Together, Hopkins and Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital will develop programs designed to advance the health of the residents of Kent and Queen Anne's counties.

In addition, Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital and other local employers will be able to participate in Hopkins programs such as Employee Health Plans, or EHP (health care plan for businesses), Priority Partners (Medicaid managed care program), and any new health insurance products developed by Hopkins for Medicare managed care and small businesses. In return, Hopkins will expand its provider network on the Eastern Shore and may benefit from increased referrals from Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital for high-level specialized care.

According to John man D. Stobo, M.D., chairand CEO of Johns Hopkins HealthCare, the affiliation will complement the goals of Hopkins and Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital while preserving each organization's autonomy. "Hopkins and Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital are entering into this agreement in order to promote accessible, affordable, patient-centered care through the health care facilities and professionals associated with the two organizations," he said. "This is a strategically important move for us, because we consider community-based programs an essential component of Johns Hopkins Medicine's integrated delivery system."

"We're very fortunate to have the world-renowned Johns Hopkins affiliate with us," said William R. Kirk Jr., president and CEO of Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital. "This relationship will enhance and expand services to our patients and will strengthen our position for the future."

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