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Community Hospital Scraps Affiliation Plan: CEO says he fears retaliation from BIDMC

Are community hospitals rethinking Beth Israel Deaconess affiliation?

After several months of discussions, MetroWest Medical Center recently decided to scrap plans to affiliate with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in a surprise move reported by the Boston Globe.

MetroWest CEO Andrei Soran says he is afraid BIDMC may attempt to retaliate against the hospital following the collapse of talks by poaching doctors away from the community.

"We're concerned that Beth Israel might make some efforts to recruit our physicians to change their affiliation in the aftermath of this," said Soran in an interview with the Boston Globe, "If they do, we will do what it takes to let the public know."

MetroWest ends Beth Israel affiliation plan: Smaller hospitals often reluctant to lose independence