UMMS, Shore Health agree to collaborate

Maryland Watch

October 14, 1997

The University of Maryland Medical System and Shore Health System announced an agreement yesterday to station a critical care ambulance and staff at Memorial Hospital in Easton.

Both systems said they are exploring other ways to collaborate. While "a merger is not in the cards," said Nelson Sabatini, vice president for integrated delivery systems operations of UMMS, "we will be developing a very close relationship in a number of clinical areas."

Sabatini and Joseph Ross, chief executive officer of Shore Health System, said the discussions ranged from developing programs in stroke, cancer care and rehabilitation to setting up a family practice residency.

Ross said the talks were likely to last several months, with implementation taking another six months to a year.

He said the collaboration would allow his system to offer needed new programs on the Eastern Shore. In addition to Memorial at Easton, the system, formed last year, includes Dorchester General Hospital, physician practices and a home health agency.

Sabatini said benefits to University include more referrals for complex care.

Pub Date: 10/14/97

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