A Message from the President
It’s been more than a year since we signed an affiliation agreement with Baptist Health South Florida. This agreement resulted from a rapidly changing healthcare environment in which organizations are held accountable for providing services with the best possible quality and outcomes at the lowest possible cost, while managing the health of a specific patient population along the continuum-of-care needs.
In recent months, we have worked with Baptist Health South Florida to develop a strategic plan to identify our goals for clinical programs, services, quality, outcomes and costs, as well as setting priorities for capital commitments, determining timelines for capital projects and identifying community goals. As a result of these initiatives, I am excited to share with you that the Boards of both Bethesda Health and Baptist Health South Florida have signed an agreement to merge the two healthcare organizations, pursuant to a 24-month transition period culminating on Sept. 30, 2017.
We believe this merger will leverage our shared vision for improving the health of our respective communities. It will also give our organizations the opportunity to increase access to highquality care and expand healthcare services through Palm Beach County.
Let me assure you that the names of Bethesda and Bethesda Health will remain, as will the names of our hospitals, Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West. In addition, our Bethesda Hospital Foundation will be solely dedicated to philanthropic efforts that support clinical programs at Bethesda. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you and your family as your provider of quality health services in a caring manner.
Roger L. Kirk, FACHE