Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Boston teaching hospital that has been rapidly expanding its ties with community hospitals, said Thursday that it has signed a clinical affiliation agreement with Brockton Hospital’s parent organization, Signature Healthcare Corporation.
The parties began talking last summer and signed a memorandum of understanding in October. Before the agreement can take effect, it must be reviewed by the new state Health Policy Commission, which looks at the impact of health care alliances on costs and competition. That review is expected to be completed within 60 days, the parties said.
Under the affiliation, Signature will remain independent but patients of the 263-bed Brockton Hospital will have access to medical specialists from Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess. The hospitals also said they will work to improve residency and teaching programs at Signature.
The move is one of many aimed at better coordinating care among hospitals. Beth Israel Deaconess, which already owns hospitals in Milton and Needham, has a deal to acquire Jordan Hospital in Plymouth. It has been negotiating potential partnerships with Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Cambridge Health Alliance, and New England Baptist Hospital in Boston.Robert Weisman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeRobW.