July 24—Hospitals and health systems in central and south Georgia are aligning to develop a clinically integrated care network, according to a statement released today. Called Stratus Healthcare, the alliance consists of 23 hospitals and approximately 1,500 physicians, making it one of the largest healthcare collaborations in the United States. 

According to the statement, members of Stratus Healthcare will work together in a formalized partnership to exchange best practices, combine resources, develop coordinated information systems, reduce costs and manage the health of populations. Member hospitals will take advantage of a shared services model, yet remain independent. 

The new alliance stems from an initial effort by Central Georgia Health System in Macon and Tift Regional Health System in Tifton to partner. According to the statement, senior leaders at the two organizations have worked diligently since October 2012 to develop the partnership framework and recruit members for the alliance.

Publication Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2013