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Hospital partnership will strengthen both

Athens-Limestone and Huntsville community hospitals announced plans last week to cooperate, a move that should allow the medical facilities to improve care for their patients.

While details of the partnership are not yet final, Athens-Limestone and Huntsville will share resources and expertise and plan to purchase compatible equipment.

The partnership will also let the two facilities coordinate capital improvements and purchase some supplies more cheaply.

Each hospital will retain its board and employees, but board members of one hospital may act as ex-officio members of the other. That allows each to maintain local control while also having the ability to draw on the otherís expertise.

Similarly, specialists employed by one facility can work at the other a few days a week.

The bottom line should be better care for patients at a reduced cost while maintaining local control.

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