Johns Hopkins Selected as Preferred Bidder for BHB Clinical Affiliate Agreement

14 August 2018: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) today announces that Johns Hopkins Medicine International has been selected as the preferred bidder for a Clinical Affiliate Agreement (CAA). The CAA aims to partner BHB with a high quality health provider to help improve services and support education. Six US health care organizations responded to the Request for Proposal, and Johns Hopkins was chosen after a thorough selection process.

BHB will now enter into more detailed negotiations to agree on a work plan and finalise financial terms. The agreement does not impact which hospitals BHB patients are referred to, but does seek support in key areas of quality and education. The areas of collaboration include:

  • Educational opportunities, including BHB placements for undergraduate medical students and nurses and support of BHB’s Clinical Medical Education programme
  • Access to established and validated policies and guidelines to allow for greater standardization of clinical pathways within BHB
  • Access to benchmarking data and shared best practice
  • Assistance with clinical programmes and peer review
  • Visiting subject matter experts

Venetta Symonds, CEO of BHB, comments: “We are excited to be entering into discussions with Johns Hopkins to discuss how they can support us to achieve BHB’s vision of “Exceptional Care. Strong Partnerships. Healthy Community.”  This agreement will support our staff with education and training, and provide BHB with access to the experience and knowledge of a large academic hospital.  Johns Hopkins Medicine International gave an excellent proposal and we look forward to sharing further details when the agreement is signed, which we expect to be in early fall.”

“We are very pleased to be the preferred bidder for this effort and look forward to supporting the Bermuda Hospitals Board in achieving their vision for Bermuda,” said Pamela Paulk, president of Johns Hopkins Medicine International. “Johns Hopkins Medicine has a long-standing relationship with Bermuda and its citizens that spans more than two decades. This agreement affords us a unique opportunity to expand our efforts on island as well as furthering our mission to improve the health of the community and the world.”


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Notes to Editors
The Bermuda Hospitals Board is a quango (quasi autonomous non-governmental organisation) established under the Bermuda Hospitals Board Act, 1970. It has a Bermuda Government-approved Board and a Chief Executive Officer, responsible for King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute. At the heart of both organisations is high-quality care to all patients.

With approximately 1,700 employees, the Bermuda Hospitals Board is Bermuda's second largest employer. King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute are the only healthcare organisations in Bermuda accredited by Accreditation Canada, an independent organisation whose role is to help hospitals examine and improve the quality of care and service they provide to their clients. In addition to providing an extensive list of services for the community, the Bermuda Hospitals Board is part of a referral network that includes some of the world's leading specialist hospitals.

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