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November 11, 2012

My View: AGH and addressing of comunity's needs

As a lifelong resident of Gloucester, and as someone who has spent most of my career at Addison Gilbert Hospital, I know how much all of us value our cherished community asset.

Addison Gilbert is one of the foundations of our community. It is where many of us – including me – were born, and it is the place we turn to first for our health-care needs. That’s why our community reacts so warily whenever there is talk of change at the hospital or in the health network that owns Addison Gilbert Hospital.

Tonight, at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, I will join Denis Conroy, the interim president of Northeast Health System and vice president of system integration for Lahey Health, in an open meeting to discuss our hospital and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

For those of you who cannot be with us this evening, I wanted to take an opportunity to talk about what we will be saying. As just about everyone knows, the North Shore’s two most experienced and most venerable health care systems – Northeast Health System and Lahey Clinic – recently completed an affiliation. The idea for these community forums originated out of Lahey Clinic and Northeast Health System’s commitment to be sure that we are transparent to all residents in the communities we are privileged to serve.

Some of the developments we will discuss tonight include:

The new combined entity: Lahey Health System recognizes and reinforces our community focus and commitment to quality care. The new board of trustees’ structure includes four members from Lahey and four from Northeast Health System, and it combines physicians and non-physicians. We’ve also added four new members previously unaffiliated with either organization, along with Dr. Howard Grant, the CEO of Lahey Clinic.

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