Bayhealth Medical Center Signs Agreement with Penn Medicine

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By Bay Health Medical Center

Terry Murphy, CEO of Bayhealth Medical Center today announced a partnership with Penn Orthopaedics of Penn Medicine.  This is the first time Penn Orthopaedics has partnered with any health system in the region.  Bayhealth is currently affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Network and Penn Medicine Cardiovascular Surgery.

U.S. News and World Report recognizes Penn Orthopaedics as one of the nation’s top hospitals for orthopedic care.  The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery was created in 1889, making it the first freestanding orthopaedic department in the country.  In addition, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania was ranked # 9 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report of nearly 5,000 hospitals surveyed.

“We are proud once again that Penn has chosen Bayhealth, and this time as its strategic partner in introducing its top ranked orthopaedic program to Delaware residents,” said Murphy. “This announcement builds upon our already successful partnership and makes access to world renowned physicians and state-of-the-art care easy and accessible,” said Murphy.

“We are proud to partner with Bayhealth Medical Center for orthopaedic surgical services,” said L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, the Paul B. Magnuson Professor of Bone and Joint Surgery and Professor of Plastic Surgery at Penn Medicine. “We have been impressed with the dedicated team of orthopaedic providers in the Bayhealth health care system and their longstanding commitment to patient care in Delaware.  While this is the first time Penn Orthopaedics has partnered with another health system, we anticipate nothing but success as we combine our efforts and resources to provide the best quality and spectrum of care possible.”

A highlight of the program includes patient access and interaction with some of the best and the brightest residents in the world via the Penn Orthopaedic Resident Program.  The program, supervised by Stephen Manifold, MD, Bayhealth’s Orthopaedic Medical Director, will consist of fourth-year residents with significant orthopaedic and orthopaedic trauma skill. Residents will work on-site at Kent General and Milford under the supervision of Bayhealth’s Orthopaedic surgeons.

“Delaware residents have unfortunately become accustomed to having to travel long distances to teaching hospitals in Philadelphia,” said Dr. Manifold.  “Now they just have to dial one number or visit our website to access the precious resources of one of the country’s top teaching hospitals right in their backyard,” he added. 

The affiliation also facilitates Bayhealth’s continued development of evidence-based clinical protocols designed to achieve the most effective clinical outcomes.  Bayhealth and Penn will share clinical techniques and clinical Orthopaedic Medicine in the areas of joint replacement (hips, knees and shoulders), hip fracture, spine care and general fracture care.  Evidence-based protocols are medical practices that have been documented as providing the fewest complications and the best clinical outcomes for patients.

Bayhealth orthopaedic surgeons will also establish a unique “physician-to-physician” relationship with Penn orthopaedic surgeons, allowing them to share knowledge, experience and expertise while offering an expeditious transfer to Penn in cases requiring special orthopedic attention.

Bayhealth Orthopaedic surgeons will have full access to Penn Medicine teaching conferences and other continuing education programs, helping to keep them on the forefront of all medical advancements. It will also help in recruiting the best and brightest physicians to the Bayhealth Medical staff — physicians who wish to be affiliated with an academic medical center. 

“There are many attractive elements to this partnership, said Murphy, which can be touted, but the bottom line is this relationship equates to better care for our patients.”