Tufts Medical Center and Lowell General Hospital announced that they had finalized their agreement to establish a new health care system. The new system, which has been approved by the Department of Public Health and reviewed by the Health Policy Commission, will be known as Wellforce. Both hospitals are based in Massachusetts.
This new health system will represent a unique model that will improve coordination of care and enable clinicians to better search the needs of communities, all while enhancing the affordability of care.
Under this agreement, Tufts Medical Center and Lowell General Hospital have formed a new parent organization. This organization will be led by CEO Normand Deschene, CEO of Lowell General Hospital and CEO and president of Circle Health (an integrated health delivery system in Greater Lowell). Ellen Zane, Vice Chair of the Tufts Medical Center Board of Trustees, will serve as chair of the Wellforce board.
Lowell General and Tufts Medical Center will be equally represented on the Wellforce board.