YNHHS partners with independent healthcare organizations to enhance access to care

In May, Yale New Haven Health announced a new "community partner" relationship with Day Kimball Healthcare in Putnam – an example of the different ways the system is helping to enhance clinical care throughout Connecticut, while preserving local access to that care.

Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) is the second organization to become a YNHHS community partner, after Bristol Hospital in 2013. The partnership is not a merger, but an arrangement that helps healthcare organizations expand care and services while remaining independent.

Already, a YNHHS-affiliated Yale Medicine cardiologist's office has opened at the Day Kimball Health Center in Plainfield. DKH and Yale New Haven Health will work together to identify additional opportunities for collaboration, including leveraging the services of providers with YNHHS' Northeast Medical Group, as well as YNHHS' association with Yale Medicine. Yale New Haven Health is also working to implement the InSight Tele-ICU at Day Kimball Hospital. This would allow critical-care physicians and nurses who staff the InSight center in New Haven to remotely monitor patients and consult with nurses and physicians in Day Kimball Hospital's Intensive Care Unit.

The community partnership relationship can also help independent healthcare providers navigate an increasingly challenging financial environment. The partnership includes DKH's participation in Yale New Haven Health's purchasing network, an arrangement that began a year ago and has already helped DKH save more than $300,000 on the purchase of materials.

"We are proud to partner with Day Kimball Healthcare to enhance access to high-quality clinical care in Northeast Connecticut in a cost-effective manner," said Yale New Haven Health Chief Operating Officer Chris O'Connor. "DKH has an outstanding history of providing exceptional care and we believe this partnership will bring mutual benefit to both organizations and to the people in this region."