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Legacy and Silverton are one step closer to alignment

Wednesday, December 16, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Elizabeth Peters
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Legacy Health and Silverton Health have reached another milestone in their effort to align, with the Governing Boards for each organization signing a Definitive Agreement that outlines how the two will come together. 


“Both Legacy and Silverton have long traditions of serving their communities by providing high quality health care services,” said Silverton Health interim President/CEO Sarah Fronza. “This affiliation builds upon our traditions and furthers our missions.” 


The next step in the process is to submit the agreement to the Oregon Attorney General’s Office for review and approval. The affiliation is expected to be finalized in early spring. 


The proposed affiliation will benefit both Silverton Health and Legacy Health by finding shared ways to improve population health while reducing the cost of care. Legacy has pledged to invest more than $60 million over eight years to support and grow programs and services for Silverton Health. 


“As nonprofit, tax-exempt, community-based organizations, our missions commit us to continuously managing and improving the health of the populations and communities we serve,” George Brown, MD, President/CEO of Legacy Health, said. “The affiliation allows Legacy and Silverton to integrate their care delivery with the help of shared information technology, telemedicine, clinical protocols, comprehensive quality improvement activities, and specialty services and consultation.” 


Upon closing, Silverton Hospital will be known as Legacy Silverton Medical Center, the seventh of Legacy Health’s medical centers and its only medical center in Marion County. Silverton Health clinics and facilities will remain in place operating under the Legacy brand, and all Silverton Health employees will become employees of Legacy Health.


Local governance will remain in place for Legacy Silverton Medical Center and the Silverton Health Foundation. To facilitate joint oversight, the Silverton Board will appoint one person to be on the Legacy Board, and the Legacy Board will appoint one person to be on the Silverton Board. 


The Silverton Health Foundation will remain the fundraising arm for the local hospital and its community services. The Legacy Health Office of Philanthropy will support the works of the Silverton Health Foundation.


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