In an industry that has been slow to try new business models or technologies, Steward has shown it is “not trapped by past practices,” said Ruselle W. Robinson, health care attorney for Boston law firm Posternak Blankstein & Lund, citing Steward’s aggressive moves to capitalize on the changes transforming American health care. “They’re forming a network of community hospitals and helping them to prepare for what’s on the horizon.”
But unlike competing hospitals, most of which are nonprofits regulated as public charities, Robinson said, the goal of Steward executives “in the end . . . is to make money for their investors.”
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