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February 06, 2015

Mass. Health Chain Rethinks Expansion After Court Rebuff

The new chief executive of Partners HealthCare tells The Boston Globe the nonprofit Massachusetts medical system will "re-evaluate" its growth plans following a judicial blow to its proposed purchase of three more hospitals. David Torchiana, a surgeon named Wednesday to lead the state's largest and most expensive health network, said Partners would focus on controlling medical costs and repairing frayed relationships with other providers and government officials.

A judge last week rejected a state agreement setting terms for the sales, and the attorney general of Massachusetts has threatened to sue the 10-hospital network if it moves forward with the mergers, which critics say would cement Partners' market control and drive up treatment fees. Dr. Torchiana said Partners has been "chastened" by the controversy over its growth and concerns about costs. "If we're perceived as a bully or we're perceived as arrogant through our actions, I don't want that," he said.