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Cambridge Health Alliance CEO aims to improve care delivery

Wardell says hospital system open to partnerships

CAMBRIDGE — The new chief executive of Cambridge Health Alliance says he wants to improve the way medical care is delivered and paid for at the system’s three so-called safety net hospitals, but is also open to forging partnerships that may fall short of outright mergers.

Patrick R. Wardell, 59, who arrived here in mid-March from Michigan State University’s Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Mich., said he plans to spend the first six months working with his board on a plan to strengthen the finances of Cambridge Health Alliance, which serves a large population of low-income and immigrant patients. After that, he may seek affiliations with larger and richer institutions that can invest in the hospital group.

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