Steward Grabs 90 More Physicians, This Time From Partners HealthCare in Boston

Boston-based Steward Health Care System has grabbed a 90-physician group from local competitor Partners HealthCare, according to a Boston Globe report.

Compass Medical, which includes eight offices, will join for-profit Steward. It was affiliated with Boston-based Partners, the parent system to Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women's, for 16 years before this development, but its contract was set to expire Jan. 1.

Steward and Compass officials declined comment on the financial details of the new affiliation.  

This is the second large physician grab for Steward in a month. It affiliated with 150 physicians in Whittier Practice Association in November. That practice had been aligned with the medical group of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Thomas Lee, MD, president of Partners' physician network, said the system is "disappointed," according to the report. Partners executives and Compass leaders had discussions about their relationship earlier this year, and hospital employment was an option.

"For some folks who really value their independence, that arouses anxiety to hear that's the potential direction. That issue was probably part of the story here," Dr. Lee said in the report.

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