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Two of Region's Leading Healthcare Providers Announce Partnership

Two of Region's Leading Healthcare Providers Announce Partnership

Alignment to Improve Quality, Safety, Education

MACON, GA (Tuesday, June 11, 2013) – Houston Healthcare (HHC) and The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) are pleased to announce their agreement to create a strategic alignment that will benefit the central Georgia region. Both organizations will remain independent, but will collaborate in a formal affiliation that HHC and MCCG leaders believe will enhance the level of healthcare delivery in central Georgia.

“This is a historic alignment of healthcare organizations that have served our communities for years. We look forward to a partnership that will continue to ensure excellent patient care for central Georgians,” said Sonny Watson, Chairman of the Houston Healthcare System Board of Trustees.

The purpose of the partnership is three-fold.

“The primary goal of this partnership is to improve the value of healthcare for patients, employers and payors. Houston Healthcare and The Medical Center of Central Georgia will provide the community with joint service focused on cost reduction, as well as increased training opportunities focused on quality and safety,” said Cary Martin, CEO of HHC.

Recent changes in the healthcare industry have prompted strategic alignments, like the one between HHC and MCCG.

“As the face of healthcare continues to change, strategic alignments with community partners will ensure the viability and longevity of two of our region's chief healthcare providers,” said Ken Harper, Chairman of MCCG's Board of Directors.

MCCG President and CEO Dr. Ninfa Saunders, FACHE said both organizations came to the conclusion that they share a common culture dedicated to quality care and safety.


“Each of our organizations is committed to quality patient care and patient safety. This alignment ensures that those in need of healthcare throughout the region receive the right access to care at the right time, using the right resources,” said Dr. Ninfa Saunders, FACHE, President and CEO of Central Georgia Health System and MCCG.

The two organizations are currently working to bring the initial service offerings of the collaboration to the market. The current development efforts are focused on increased excellence in patient care and medical education.