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Health Care Strateg Manage. 1993 Aug;11(8):8-10.

Collaboration and integration can protect sub-acute services. Interview by Donald E.L. Johnson.

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Harris Methodist Health System, Fort Worth, TX.


An integrated system, from the perspective of Ronald L. Smith, president of Harris Methodist Health System in Fort Worth, Texas, is a system that combines financing, management, primary care, ambulatory care, pharmaceutic services, and home health care in all areas. In his interview by Donald E.L. Johnson, editor and publisher of Health Care Strategic Management, Smith believes that as hospital bottom lines get thinner and more difficult to obtain, there will need to be mergers and/or collaborations to minimize over-capacity in an area.

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