Harrington and Heywood Form Partnership to Seek Out and Manage Healthcare Contracts

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GARDNER, Mass. - Aug. 18, 2014 - PRLog -- SOUTHBRIDGE, MA, August 18, 2014 -- Harrington HealthCare System in Southbridge and Heywood Healthcare in Gardner have formed a company called a management services organization that will develop and provide a broad range of services to support population health management strategies as required by risk-based health insurance contracts.

The new corporation, called Community HealthCare Partners (CHP), is led by Douglas Crapser, who has transitioned from his role as Chief Operating Officer at Harrington to Chief Executive Officer of the management services organization. Winfield Brown, President and CEO of Heywood Healthcare is chairman of the board of directors.

Increasingly, healthcare organizations are being asked to establish more efficient models of health care that minimize the costs to consumers while linking payments to healthcare outcomes.

Community HealthCare Partners purpose is to give its founding healthcare organizations and their affiliated providers the capability to enhance the quality and effectiveness of care at the community level including integrated provider systems of care. CHP is organized to include other like-minded community healthcare organizations as member partners.

Such collaboration is unprecedented in Massachusetts, said Harrington President and CEO Edward H. Moore.

“This newly formed organization will strategically align both Harrington and Heywood Healthcare’s managed-care services and work to help position the two systems as a national model for community partnership and collaboration,” Moore said. “I’d also like to thank Doug Crapser for his years of service and dedication to Harrington. I know that he will do a great job in this new role.”

In recognition of the importance of the management services organization, Harrington Hospital received a state grant of $442,303 from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services to assist in the development of Community HealthCare Partners. The funds will be used to advance the first-year work plan, which includes hiring core staff, evaluating infrastructure resources, improving performance on key measures of physician quality, and delivering a broad physician engagement and education agenda to the nearly 300 physicians of the combined physician hospital organizations of Harrington and Heywood.

“Through this partnership, we are empowering our joint provider network to optimize their success in the new healthcare paradigm,” says Heywood Healthcare President & CEO Winfield S. Brown. “By leveraging joint resources, our physicians will be better able to meet emerging accountable care requirements, while providing enhanced wellness-focused, quality services to our patient base.”


HARRINGTON HEALTHCARE SYSTEM is a comprehensive regional healthcare system serving the needs of Southern Worcester County and Northern Connecticut through:

- The 114-bed acute-care Harrington Hospital in Southbridge that provides medical and surgical inpatient care, 24-hour emergency services, psychiatric care, pediatrics and obstetrical care, intensive/coronary care and comprehensive outpatient services;

- Harrington HealthCare at Hubbard in Webster, an outpatient facility anchored by a 24/7 Emergency Department that also includes primary care and specialty physicians, diagnostic imaging, laboratory, cardiopulmonary and gastrointestinal services, same-day surgery and a sleep lab;

- Three additional major medical office buildings -- Harrington HealthCare at Charlton, Harrington HealthCare at 169, also in Charlton, and Harrington HealthCare at Spencer -- which house primary care and specialty physicians, diagnostic imaging, laboratory, outpatient behavioral health, audiology and rehabilitation services, and the region’s only wound care center with hyperbaric oxygen chambers;

- Harrington Physician Services, our primary care and multi-specialty physician group that consists of more than four-dozen physicians located in offices in Brimfield, Charlton, Dudley, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge and Webster;

- A free-standing treatment center, The Cancer Center at Harrington, in Southbridge, that allows patients to receive advanced, local oncological care, including chemotherapy, counseling, pain management and reconstructive surgery. Through our joint venture partner Radiation Therapy Services, the center offers advanced radiation therapy techniques, including Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy and Image-Guided Radiation Therapy.

About Heywood Healthcare
Heywood Healthcare is an independent, community-owned healthcare system located in the North Central region of Massachusetts. It is comprised of Heywood Hospital, a non-profit, 134-bed acute-care hospital in Gardner, MA; Athol Hospital, a 25 bed not-for-profit, Critical Access Hospital in Athol, MA; Heywood Medical Group with primary care physicians and specialists located throughout the region; and four satellite facilities -Winchendon Health Center and Murdock School-based Health Center in Winchendon, West River Health Center in Orange and Heywood Rehabilitation Center in Gardner.

About Athol Hospital
A member of the Heywood Healthcare system, Athol Hospital is a 25-bed non-profit, acute care and outpatient facility serving the communities of the North Quabbin region of Massachusetts. It is designated as a Critical Access Hospital and Primary Stroke Center, and offers a host of services including emergency care, surgical, oncology and imaging services, and skilled nursing and rehabilitative care. Athol Hospital is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and accredited by the Joint Commission.

About Heywood Hospital
Part of the Heywood Healthcare system, Heywood Hospital is a 134-bed acute care hospital in Gardner, MA, which provides a broad range of high quality medical, surgical, obstetrical, pediatric and behavioral health services on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The hospital’s Centers of Excellence include the Watkins Center for Emergency and Acute Care; the Center for Behavioral Health, including inpatient and partial day program; the LaChance Maternity Center; the Diabetes Center; the Center for Wound Healing, the Imaging Center, the Center for Specialty Care and the Heywood Heart Center, an affiliate of the Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence at UMass Memorial Health Care.

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