EDITORIAL: Saint Thomas partnership good news for communityMay 2, 2012
When it comes to providing top-quality health care, Saint Thomas is regarded as a national leader.
Since delivering first-rate patient care should always be the goal of any medical facility, a partnership between River Park Hospital and one of the best in the industry is a smart business strategy. That’s why the Standard applauds the recent move by River Park and its parent company, Capella, to partner with Saint Thomas.
The deal, first announced in December, was finalized yesterday with a ceremony at River Park. It was during this announcement, health care officials lauded the benefits of this move, both from a patient care and business standpoint.
The move will give Warren County’s already skilled community of medical professionals more resources at their fingertips. By using the collaborative efforts of physicians with Saint Thomas and Capella, the goal is to expand
services at every medical facility in both companies.
River Park will have access to the technology and innovative strategies developed by Saint Thomas, and Saint Thomas will be able to expand its services into more Middle Tennessee communities.
Working together to provide the best level of patient care and the most efficient business models are necessary in today’s health care climate, with Congress pushing for reform and greater accountability. The government wants to encouraging ways to reduce health care costs at a time when many American households are buckling under the weight of medical debt.
As River Park CEO Tim McGill said, this move makes sense from a patient care perspective and from an administrative standpoint.
A new level of care appears on the horizon at River Park Hospital. For all the many residents who rely on the facility as their source of health care, this is welcome news indeed.