Hospital network

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A hospital network is a network or group of hospitals that work together to coordinate and deliver a broad spectrum of services to their community. A hospital system or health care system is 2 or more hospitals owned, sponsored, or contract managed by a central organization.[1]

Benefits and controversies[edit]

To avoid financial losses due to shrinking reimbursements and rising costs as well as improving quality of care and avoid duplication of services, hospitals may consolidate certain services at one hospital. However, patients may need to travel further if those services are no longer offered at their local hospital.[2]





United Kingdom[edit]

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US government networks[edit]


  1. ^ Fast Facts on US Hospitals. American Hospital Association. Accessed September 2, 2007
  2. ^ Summit's maternity facility to be folded into Alta Bates September 16, 2001 ANG News Online. Accessed September 3, 2007.