6:01 am June 21, 2010, by Henry Unger
Spurred by a tough economy, metro Atlanta hospitals are increasingly creating partnerships with one another, AJC reporter Craig Schneider writes. The goal is to save money, expand territory and, in some cases, pump new blood into struggling institutions.
These joint ventures can be good for the hospitals and the surrounding communities. Ideally, people receive more medical services and more expert care, Schneider reports.
Smaller suburban hospitals benefit from the technology of a larger facility. And both medical centers save money by buying supplies in larger bulk and negotiating on behalf of more patients with insurers, said Michael Rovinsky, a longtime health consultant in metro Atlanta.
But such partnerships also can create problems, Schneider reports. They can stifle competition and run the risk of spreading a hospital’s services — and good name — a bit thin, experts say.
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