Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association

MEMBER MOMENTS: MGB’s Klibanski on Confronting the Capacity Crisis

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Every Massachusetts hospital is dealing with large patient volumes and occupancy rates that are nearly maxed out. The post-pandemic capacity crunch is also seen in many other parts of the U.S. So how does the state’s largest system, Mass General Brigham, deal with the issue?

MGB President and CEO Dr. Anne Klibanski, a member of MHA’s Board of Trustees, told Modern Healthcare this week that purchasing other hospitals to grow out of the problem is not the answer.

Hospital at home, relying on technology solutions, and being open to partnerships in whatever form they take are the paths MGB is taking, she said.

“The concept of, ‘We’re not interested. We don’t do that,’ just doesn’t make sense to me,” Klibanski said. “But I will say that going around and trying to acquire hospitals for the sake of acquiring hospitals and getting bigger, I’m not sure how much sense that makes.”