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Q&A: SUBURBAN HOSPITAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM TO JOIN JOHNS HOPKINS MEDICINE
Q. How will the transaction be structured?
A. Under the proposed transaction, Suburban Hospital Healthcare System Inc. (SHHS) and Suburban Hospital each will become a wholly owned subsidiary of The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation.
Q. Is money changing hands?
A. No. No payment or obligation to make payment is part of the plan.
Q. Who will manage SHHS?
A. The team that currently manages SHHS will continue to manage its day-to-day operations. Governance will be similar to other components of JHHS, including The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and Howard County General Hospital.
Q. Will Suburban doctors be given faculty appointments at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine? Will they have privileges at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Bayview and other Johns Hopkins entities?
A. Not initially, but over time some may obtain part-time faculty status and become involved with supervising medical students and trainees.
Q. Will Suburban retain its name?
Q. Why did JHM agree to this transaction?
A. Suburban enjoys an excellent reputation and is highly regarded in the Washington, D.C., region. It is financially strong and fits well with JHM’s interests in strengthening its regional integrated health care network. Johns Hopkins also has a history of successful and productive collaboration with SHHS going back more than a decade. Suburban Hospital Cardiac Care Program
Q. Which institution initiated the courtship?
Q. What’s in it for SHHS?
A. Integrating with a strong organization that has an international reputation for excellence will strengthen and augment the clinical services of SHHS and bring more opportunities for innovation, research and education. Working together, the two organizations will build an integrated, regional network of health care services and will expand access to these services to more people in the greater Washington, D.C., region.
Q. What’s in it for JHM? Income?
A. SHHS and JHHS both are financially sound. JHM’s interest in Suburban is based on mutual interests that will keep both organizations strong, nimble and better able to care for communities as our region grapples with health care reform and constrained health care resources. The relationship will provide greater access and coordination for patients and open opportunities for efficiencies. It will add SHHS’s high-quality clinical components (hospital, ambulatory facilities, medical staff and employed physicians) to the JHM network. Ownership of SHHS also gives JHM a presence in the Washington, D.C., and I-270 corridors, offering potential for attracting new members for its Employer Health Programs (EHP), a program that provides health benefits administration to Johns Hopkins Medicine employees and a select number of strategic partners. SHHS’s proximity to, and affiliations with, the National Institutes of Health also offers improved opportunities for collaborations with that agency. More about SHHS's affiliation with NIH and Johns Hopkins. The relationship may also present JHM with expanded numbers of clinical trial participants and new research opportunities.
Q. Is JHM doing this to keep others from getting a foothold in Suburban’s catchment area?
Q. Is JHM going to merge with or acquire other hospitals in the region or elsewhere?
A. There are no such plans currently under consideration.
Q. Is this part of a bigger effort to extend into other states, to franchise the JH name as Mayo did?
A. No. JHM does not intend to franchise its name and is not currently seeking to expand into other states.
Q. Will certain specialties be offered to Suburban patients only at The Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH) or vice versa?
A. It is expected that patients seeking certain clinical services offered at JHH that are not available at SHHS may be referred to JHH. Conversely, patients who want advanced cardiovascular or stroke services may receive such services at Suburban. EHP enrollees may also obtain health care services more conveniently at SHHS.
Q. How will the transaction affect Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine faculty, residents and administrators?
A. No impact is envisioned initially, but over time some members of the JHM faculty may become involved in clinical program development at Suburban as a result of the transaction.
Q. How will the transaction affect programs and operations of other JHHS entities and affiliates (e.g., Bayview, HCGH, JHHC, EHP, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, Johns Hopkins at Green Spring Station)?
A. The JHHS-SHHS transaction will not change JHM’s commitment, relationships or projects with JHHS entities, or with other hospitals with which it has relationships, including Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Anne Arundel Medical Center.
Q. Will Johns Hopkins personnel and resources flow to SHHS temporarily or long-term?
A. Administrators from both institutions will collaborate to exchange information and ideas, but there are no plans to have JHHS administrators or others staff SHHS.
Q. Will Johns Hopkins support SHHS’s planned campus redevelopment?
A. Johns Hopkins Medicine fully supports Suburban Hospital's campus enhancement project, which we believe is very important for the hospital and for the patients it serves.
Q. Why is Johns Hopkins doing this now, during difficult economic times for the health care industry in Maryland?
A. There is no better time. Current health care needs are growing, and there is intense interest nationally and regionally to deliver care more efficiently to our state’s populations and communities. Proposed reform measures argue strongly for regional, integrated health care systems that unite community hospitals and the most advanced quaternary medical centers into systems that ensure both high quality and continuity of care for patients. An expanded JHM health care delivery system increases the ability of JHM and Johns Hopkins HealthCare (JHHC) to assume an important role in the management of health for populations and subpopulations in the coming era of health care reform.
Q. What will JHM be able to bring to the table at SHHS in terms of quality assurance and quality improvement teaching and research?
A. It is expected that over time, quality and other protocols developed by JHM and SHHS will be shared and implemented. It is further anticipated that there will be educational and clinical research opportunities.
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