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LAHEY CLINIC AND WING MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AFFILIATE

 PALMER, Mass., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Wing Memorial Hospital and Medical Centers in western Massachusetts and Lahey Clinic in metropolitan Boston have agreed to an affiliation that will lead to coordinated programs and patient services between the two institutions.
 Under the agreement signed Wednesday (Jan. 12, 1994), Wing will become an affiliated member of the Lahey Health Care Network, a regional network of primary care, community hospitals and specialty care institutions being established around Lahey Clinic. As an affiliate, it will remain independent but will take part in cooperative programs with Lahey.
 The Wing organization has outpatient medical centers in Palmer, Monson, Belchertown and Wilbraham, a mental health center in Palmer, and a 54-bed hospital in Palmer. Wing is a hospital based group practice encompassing primary and specialty care physicians, with 32 full-time members and about 140 physicians associated with the hospital. The group sees approximately 110,000 outpatient visits annually.
 Lahey, with a 270-physician multispecialty clinic and 272 bed-hospital in Burlington, has been a leader in eastern Massachusetts in developing a vertically integrated system of physician practices, community hospitals to complement its emphasis on complex specialty care. Lahey, with physicians in many specialties regarded as leaders in their fields, is internationally renowned for the quality of its services.
 The Lahey network encompasses both physician practices owned by Lahey and independent affiliated hospitals such as Wing. Lahey has outpatient practices in Arlington, Belmont, Beverly, Billerica, Danvers, Ipswich and Peabody, as well as an affiliation with AtlantiCare Medical Center in Lynn. Lahey is currently in the process of developing Lahey Clinic North, a regional medical center in Peabody, that is expected to open in the fall.
 The Wing-Lahey agreement, signed Wednesday, Jan. 12th, calls for development of cooperative programs that will facilitate physician recruitment for Wing, make some Lahey specialty services available at Wing, and create a referral pattern that will enable Wing patients to receive complex specialty care from Lahey.
 "We feel that we are acquiring the best of both worlds through this affiliation, and the ultimate beneficiaries of this arrangement will be our patients," said Wing President Richard H. Scheffer.
 "Both the Wing and Lahey reputations, as well as their organizational structures, operating philosophies and commitment to quality standards, lend themselves to this arrangement," he said. "As a member of the Lahey Health Care Network, Wing will have improved access to managed care provider relationships and improved capitation opportunities.
 "We are delighted to have this opportunity to be associated with Wing," said Lahey Chief Executive Officer Bruce W. Steinhauer, M.D. "With its emphasis on multispecialty group practice and its recognition of the value of an integrated network approach, Wing represents a superb partner for Lahey. We look forward to the opportunities this offers for serving patients."
 Joseph Kszepka, chairman of the board of governors for Wing Health System, Inc., described the affiliation as "an East-West connection that will bring about a streamlined access to medical services and benefits that has not been possible on a local basis." He emphasized that both institutions are financially sound and that no money will change hands in this affiliation agreement.
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 /CONTACT: Patti Jacobs of Lahey Clinic, 617-273-8733/


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