But probably the biggest advantage for our patients and our organization was to put together a group that all had the ability and track record of quality improvement and working on cost reductions and saying, 'If we all commit to making each of us better, how we can get better faster?'
That is what we believe we can accomplish and that is why we came together.
HealthLeaders: Is there a specific agenda as this partnership progresses?
Thompson: That all has not been completely designed out. We do have a number of subgroups under the new organization. A business group has already formed and chosen a leader for supply chain. We are all in buying groups, but we do believe there are some things in the supply chain and contracting that as a group we can do better at and find where each of us are saving.
Our quality committee has already met and will work on making sure our data connects and that we have the same definitions. They've already started their conversations about where we might be able to get the most improvement. We believe there is an opportunity for the groups to focus in certain areas. We just haven't designated those. We expect in the next couple of months to have that started.