By Ilene MacDonald
At the start of 2015, Barry Ronan (right), president and CEO of Western Maryland Health System, predicted 2015 would bring more strategic regional alliances among hospitals that were former competitors.
And many rural organizations did consolidate services in order to survive.
Northern Cochise Community Hospital joined three other rural providers and the Tucson Medical Center to form the Southern Arizona Hospital Alliance, a collaboration that allows the organizations to better negotiate supply and service prices.
Meanwhile, Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield, Indiana, cut costs and remained independent while working with larger Indianapolis systems to provide services, such as cardiac and cancer care.