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Do local hospitals benefit when joining a larger medical center?

Kevin Pho, MD, today discusses partnerships between smaller, local hospitals and large (often academic) medical centers. He offers up the (fairly) recent oncology partnership between Fort Lauderdale's Holy Cross Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center as an example of the trend.

Pho writes:

In a growing trend, big name institutions are partnering with smaller hospitals nationwide, looking to leverage their reputation.

Drew Weilage, blogging at at our own system, highlights a local hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida which signed a partnership agreement with Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital.

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