The health system was set to be acquired by Partners HealthCare until the deal fell through in 2015.
WEYMOUTH — The healthcare system that owns Shore Shore Hospital is working with a consulting firm to “examine” opportunities to best position the organization for the future. No mergers or such moves have been announced and the system’s CEO says no decisions have been made.
South Shore Health recently announced that it is partnering with Cain Brothers, a healthcare consulting group, to explore strategic options to offer the best care moving forward and set the organization up for success.
“No decisions have been made with regard to our future plans, and we do not have any preconceived notions about the best direction for South Shore Health going forward,” Rose Di Pietro, interim president/CEO of South Shore Health said in a letter to staff. “This work with Cain Brothers is designed to closely examine opportunities for our health system’s future. I look forward to keeping you further apprised of our progress in the weeks and months to come.”
Last year, South Shore Health celebrated the opening of a $2.7 million medical office at 1495 Hancock St. in Quincy.
The opening of the medical office is part of a large expansion of South Shore Health, which owns the 396-bed South Shore Hospital. In recent years, it opened a metabolic and bariatric surgery center, took over as the primary ambulance service provider for Weymouth, and acquired Health Express, the largest urgent care provider on the South Shore.
It also owns South Shore Visiting Nurse Association. South Shore Health previously was in “partnership” talks with Wellforce, the health system that owns Tufts Medical Center, Lowell General Hospital and Melrose Wakefield Healthcare.
In 2015, Partners HealthCare abandoned plans to acquire South Shore Hospital, making the Weymouth facility the last community hospital immediately south of Boston to go it alone. South Shore Hospital has had a clinical affiliation with Partners’ Brigham & Women’s Hospital since 2004.
Partners, the state’s largest health care provider, had promised to invest $200 million in South Shore Hospital, but the deal fell through amid opposition from some local and state officials, including Attorney General Maura Healey, who said she would block it.
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