Three Maryland Hospitals Team Up to Plan a Better Healthcare Initiative

Published 10/02 2013 07:22PM

Updated 10/03 2013 01:45PM

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - The Frederick Regional Health System, Meritus Health and the Western Maryland Health System are coming together to advance better healthcare in the region.

It can be a challenge nowadays to receive the proper healthcare without putting a hole into our wallet.

"It proactively positions us to be able to be responsive to the changing dynamics in the healthcare financing and delivery," said Tom Kleinhanzl, president and CEO of Frederick Regional Health System.

The Affordable Care Act will change the way hospitals provide service, such as ensuring more primary care doctors.

"We expect to see more people insured with a lot of deferred care, stepping forward and leading care, so we think it's going to put demands on how many beds we have, how many doctors," said Joseph Ross, president and CEO of Meritus Health.

The initiative aims to change the healthcare landscape and help the community take advantage of it.

"Be patient and we'll workthrough it and we look forward to communicating further within the community as we move into this effort together," said Kleinhanzl.

The community will continue to be kept informed of progress as the three health systems move forward to advance their services. This initiative will also have no impact on the availability of

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