Backus Corp. and Hartford HealthCare Corp. said they signed a letter of intent to explore a formal affiliation between the two Connecticut-based healthcare organizations.
Hartford HealthCare, Backus Corp. explore affiliation
The purpose is to merge the Backus system into the Hartford HealthCare network, according to a joint news release. Backus Corp. is the parent company of the Backus Healthcare System, which includes the William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, Conn.
“Backus and Hartford HealthCare have enjoyed a long and beneficial partnership for many years,” said Backus President and CEO David Whitehead in the news release. “I am proud to be associated with such a forward-thinking board that has chosen to explore this strategic partnership to create a sustainable system of integrated, high-value healthcare for the regional community of eastern Connecticut.”
According to the news release, the Backus board of directors has reviewed “opportunities for strategic alignment” for more than a year and voted to explore the formal affiliation with Hartford HealthCare after reviewing other proposals.
Backus and Hartford HealthCare plan to conduct focus groups with stakeholders that include medical staff, volunteers and the local community during the due diligence period.
Hartford Hospital, the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain, MidState Medical Center in Meriden, and Windham Hospital in Willimantic make up the Hartford HealthCare network. The Federal Trade Commission cleared Hartford HealthCare's acquisition of the Hospital of Central Connecticut in early 2011.
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