Dr. Howard Grant, the president of Lahey Health, believes that bigger is better, at least during this period of changing health care.
Last week, he met with representatives from Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport to discuss a possible affiliation. Last year, Lahey captured a part of the increasingly competitive market share north of Boston when it merged with Northeast Health System and took over Beverly Hospital and Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester. Lahey also is on the verge of an affiliation with Winchester Hospital.
“As hospitals are perusing alignment strategies, there will be very few institutions that will be standing alone at the end of the day,” said Ellen Lutch Bender, president of Bender Strategies, a Newton health care consulting firm. “Nobody wants to be the hospital that doesn’t have a seat at the table when the music stops.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.