Bayhealth and Peninsula form HealthPartners Delmarva

Peggy Naleppa, president and CEO of Peninsula Regional Medical Center, left, and Terry Murphy, president and CEO of Bayhealth, shake hands on the union of the two organizations to form HealthPartners Delmarva. SOURCE SUBMITTED
August 4, 2014

Two of the leading and most comprehensive healthcare systems on the Delmarva Peninsula recently announced they have formed an interstate partnership to improve the overall healthcare experience for all Delmarva residents.

Bayhealth of Dover, with hospitals in Dover and Milford, and Peninsula Regional Health System of Salisbury, Md., which operates Peninsula Regional Medical Center, have formed HealthPartners Delmarva. The collaboration allows each hospital to share the best practices of both organizations, but is not a financial purchase of one health system by the other. The partnership is focused on collaborating to improve patient care and access, and is not a consolidation of workforces.

HealthPartners Delmarva was developed and approved by the boards of each health system to better implement the healthcare Triple Aim of improving the experience for the patient, improving the health of area communities and creating a way for people to obtain those services in the most affordable setting.

“Creating the best experience for our patients will mean identifying and adopting best practices that focus on convenience, safety, time and cost efficiency,” said Terry Murphy, Bayhealth president and CEO. “By bringing together the experience, innovation and patient-centered values of our two health systems, we can be even more prepared for the new realities of healthcare.”

Dr. Peggy Naleppa, president and CEO of PRMC, said, “Similar-minded health systems like Bayhealth and Peninsula Regional Health System, which have similar patient-first values, are establishing what the future of healthcare will look like on the Delmarva Peninsula. Together we have as our goal to provide patients greater access to best-in-class healthcare and to leverage for the benefit of our patients the combined intellectual assets of each health system.”

HealthPartners Delmarva will identify new opportunities to improve outcomes and innovative ways to share services while reducing expenses. The alliance is focused on designing tools and processes for clinical improvement using the shared knowledge of both organizations. It will also bring together community providers to enhance integrated care that focuses on the health of the community as a whole.