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Thursday, February 8, 2007
Report: Mass. General sees barriers to Florida site
Massachusetts General Hospital has no immediate plans to open a health-care facility in northern Palm Beach County, Florida, but the institution is still considering the idea, President Peter Slavin said yesterday, according to the Palm Beach Post.
Massachusetts General officials, in Palm Beach this week for their annual fund-raising trip, say several factors stand in their way of opening a satellite facility in Jupiter, including the large number of uninsured patients, the popularity of concierge practices and concern that it could not offer the same array and quality of services away from its Boston base.
"We're still interested in the opportunity," Slavin said Tuesday before a late afternoon health symposium and cocktails with donors at the Four Seasons Palm Beach. "But we have no specific plans yet."
Any plans would include Brigham and Women's Hospital, also owned by Partners HealthCare, the Post story said.