Meadows Regional Medical Center in Vidalia and Emory Healthcare in Atlanta this week announced that Meadows will join the Emory Healthcare Regional Affiliate Network, a non-equity partnership aimed at strengthening the delivery and quality of healthcare for patients in Georgia and the Southeast.

Meadows Regional Medical Center and Emory Healthcare will remain independent organizations, preserving their unique identities. However, through their collaboration they will each be able to provide higher quality and increased access to care to patients at no extra cost. Through the partnership, Meadows Regional Medical Center’s physicians and patients will have preferred and expedited access to Emory’s advanced specialty services and clinics, telemedicine services and educational resources.

“We welcome the opportunity to partner with Emory Healthcare’s Regional Affiliate Network,” says Alan Kent, DHA, President and CEO of Meadows Regional Medical Center. “Both Meadows and Emory believe that health care is best delivered locally and conveniently.  Through the additional expertise and resources of Emory Healthcare and its distinguished physicians and specialized centers, this partnership will allow us to make leaving the local community for excellent care the exception, not the rule.”

The new partnership with Emory Healthcare will offer the following advantages to Meadows Regional Medical Center, its physicians and patients:

  • Preferred access: Direct telephone referral to Emory by Meadows Regional Medical Center physicians, including priority scheduling for outpatient visits, inpatient transfer service, and patient return to Meadows physicians following treatment.
  • Program offerings:  Expedited connections between Meadows Regional Medical Center physicians and Emory specialty centers, including the Winship Cancer Institute, the Emory Brain Health Center, the Emory Heart & Vascular Center, and the Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center.
  • Clinical services: Access to Emory specialists through future telemedicine services, or other offerings to fill local care gaps as needed.
  • Population health resources: Consultation on development of information technology infrastructure and seamless patient record information systems.

“We look forward to partnering with Meadows Regional Medical Center and advancing healthcare and the health of the Vidalia area community through expedited access to Emory’s physicians and clinical specialties and renowned programs,” says Jonathan S. Lewin, MD, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Emory University, and President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Emory Healthcare.

Emory Healthcare’s Regional Affiliate Network currently includes a growing network of 26 affiliate hospitals operated by 15 systems throughout Georgia. The network aims to continue improving access to advanced clinical care and medical expertise, telemedicine, and information technology in local communities to strengthen the delivery and quality of healthcare for patients in Georgia and the Southeast. Furthermore, local communities will have direct access to Emory’s coveted graduates and trainees.

“Emory Healthcare is pleased to partner with Meadows Regional Medical Center’s leaders and physicians to understand and prioritize specific needs of local providers and the community,” says Donald Brunn, senior vice president for network development at Emory Healthcare. “We believe our partnership with Meadows Regional Medical Center will have a positive impact on the breadth and scope of services provided locally by our affiliate partners. Patients, providers and communities will benefit by this partnership.”

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