May 20, 2016

Jennie Stuart Medical Center, Vanderbilt announce affiliation agreement

Leaders with Jennie Stuart Medical Center (JSMC) and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) announce a strategic affiliation agreement that formalizes a collaborative relationship between the two institutions while JSMC is also joining the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network.

Leaders with Jennie Stuart Medical Center (JSMC) and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) announce a strategic affiliation agreement that formalizes a collaborative relationship between the two institutions while JSMC is also joining the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network.

JSMC’s strategic affiliation agreement with VUMC and membership in the network creates significant opportunities for all parties to work together to expand the scope of health care services in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and the surrounding areas served by JSMC.

Through its membership in the network, leaders of JSMC will collaborate with other member institutions to facilitate care coordination, including health and wellness initiatives; establish evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and clinical quality indicators to help drive improvements in outcomes; utilize health information technology and data sharing to achieve the stated goals of the network; help create new models of reimbursement for health care providers, and contract with insurance payors whose employees are assigned to the network for care.

The strategic affiliation agreement between JSMC and VUMC puts into place the ability to form new clinical programs and services to be shared by the two institutions.

“The No. 1 imperative of Jennie Stuart Medical Center’s strategic plan was that Jennie Stuart must continue its work in defining itself as the regional health care resource for the delivery of integrated care in western Kentucky. Our key strategy within this imperative was to pursue a clinical affiliation strategy with a nationally recognized, best-in-class health care system,” said Eric Lee, President and Chief Executive Officer, Jennie Stuart Medical Center.

VHAN is the region’s largest physician-led organization of like-minded health care professionals who are developing solutions to improve health and increase value to patients, providers, employers and other consumers of health care services. With an emphasis on the creation of initiatives that will improve overall health across large populations while reducing per-capita costs for the delivery of health care, the network’s goal is to transform health care delivery across the Mid-South by bringing together clinicians, hospitals, employers, patients and insurance providers in a structure that encourages collaboration to deliver high-quality, cost-efficient care.

“We are excited to formalize new relationships with colleagues at Jennie Stuart Medical Center. I want to welcome them into the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network and express my appreciation to their leaders for also affiliating with Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Through the strategic affiliation agreement with VUMC, we look forward to collaborating as our medical centers seek to establish new programs and services that will benefit the patients we serve,” said C. Wright Pinson, MBA, M.D., Deputy Chief Executive Officer for VUMC, CEO of the Vanderbilt Health System and Chairman of the Board for Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network.

“Through the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network we are responding to the many challenges facing health care today that are brought about by the demands of federal and state health care reform and other changes within the industry. We look forward to working with colleagues at Jennie Stuart to create innovative models of care delivery that efficiently and effectively coordinate services and improve health across broad populations.”

While each party remains free to continue to pursue individual initiatives, the strategic affiliation agreement provides the necessary structure for JSMC and VUMC to form collaborative relationships that will create more efficient, cost-effective patient care through new programs and services. 

JSMC’s strategic affiliation agreement with VUMC immediately creates a pathway for the two institutions to formally collaborate on a broad range of programs and clinical services including: cardiovascular and cardiology services, cancer services, the development of walk-in clinic services and telemedicine.


Jennie Stuart Medical Center

Jennie Stuart Medical Center (JSMC) is an acute-care hospital licensed for 194 beds and is a private, not-for-profit community hospital now marking its 100th anniversary.

JSMC’s primary service area is Christian, Trigg and Todd counties in Kentucky. The medical center’s secondary service area includes Caldwell, Hopkins and Muhlenberg counties in Kentucky, and Montgomery County in Tennessee.

Key service lines at the hospital are (alphabetical) the E.C. Green Cancer Center; Emergency Department; Orthopedic Surgery; Robotic Surgery; Weight-loss Surgery Program; and Wound Healing Center. Other medical services at JSMC include Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Convenient Care, Critical Care, Diabetes Education, Diagnostic Imaging, Laboratory, Maternity, Outpatient Procedures, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Same-day Services, Sleep Disorders Center, and Surgery. JSMC has more than 100 active, senior and affiliate physicians on staff in 33 medical specialties.

Key outpatient services offered off of the hospital’s main campus are (alphabetical) Jennie Stuart Ambulatory Surgery Campus at our Eagle Way Campus; JSMC Medical Imaging Center, also at the Eagle Way location; and JSMC Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine. Other ancillary services are JSMC Express Lab, also at Eagle Way; JSMC Home Health in the Stuart Building across the street from JSMC; and JSMC Occupational Health.

In an effort to bring all of our services under the Jennie Stuart brand, Fairview Physicians Network started in 2011 is now Jennie Stuart Medical Group that operates several physician practices: Jennie Stuart Family Health Center, Hopkinsville; Jennie Stuart Family Health Center at Guthrie, Guthrie; and Jennie Stuart Gastroenterology, Hopkinsville.


Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network

The Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network currently spans a geographic region that includes Tennessee, portions of Kentucky, Eastern Arkansas, Northern Mississippi and the western portion of Virginia, and is currently comprised of 51 hospitals, more than 235 physician practices, more than 3,500 participating physicians and clinicians, more than 35 urgent care, after-hours and walk-in clinics, and 11 health systems.

These health systems include:

  • Baptist Memorial Health Care, Memphis
  • Cookeville Regional Medical Center, Cookeville
  • Jennie Stuart Medical Center, Hopkinsville, Kentucky
  • Maury Regional Medical Center, Columbia
  • Mountain States Health Alliance, Johnson City
  • NorthCrest Medical Center, Springfield
  • St. Thomas Midtown, Nashville, and St. Thomas Rutherford, Murfreesboro
  • Sumner Regional Medical Center, Gallatin
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville
  • West Tennessee Healthcare, Jackson
  • Williamson Medical Center, Franklin.