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The Board of Trustees of Jefferson Health System (JHS) voted today to restructure in order to provide the autonomy and agility that is required for its members TJUH System, the parent entity of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Inc.; Main Line Health System (MLH); and Magee Rehabilitation Hospital ֖ to respond to healthcare reform and pursue individual growth strategies and priorities.  The organizations will continue to maximize opportunities to work collaboratively.

The restructuring will enable each organization to manage its own strategic decision-making and financial oversight while continuing their existing joint programs, clinical services and academic affiliations.  The restructuring will also allow TJUH System and Main Line Health to pursue new ways of working with each other and create the flexibility for each to explore other strategic relationships.  Similar opportunities will be evaluated by Magee Rehabilitation Hospital.

TodayӒs healthcare environment requires that we reimagine the way healthcare is delivered, said Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and TJUH System.  ԓWe collectively realized that the existing corporate structure needs to be changed to allow us to be more entrepreneurial, nimble and responsive.  Jefferson looks forward to an increasingly vibrant clinical and academic relationship with Main Line Health.

Jefferson Health System does not provide direct patient care.  JHS was formed  in 1995 to provide overarching business management functions for its members, including consolidated capital acquisition and financial oversight; joint contracting with payers; quality benchmarking; development and management of new provider network structures, such as  the ACO-PA, the JHS-affiliated Accountable Care Organization; joint purchasing; self-insurance  for hospitals, physicians and other  providers; compliance oversight; and internal audit.  TJUH System and MLH intend to continue jointly operating ACO-PA and the insurance programs.

The restructuring will not impact the employees of TJUH System, MLH or Magee Rehabilitation Hospital.  JHS has a relatively small number of employees and each will be offered the opportunity to transition to positions within TJUH System and/or MLH or will receive outplacement assistance and severance packages. The JHS Board and member institutions expressed gratitude to these employees for their exemplary service.

The transaction requires regulatory approval. The definitive agreements will be finalized over the coming months with the restructuring expected to close on July 1, 2014.

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