Weymouth: Officials voice support for South Shore Hospital/Partners Health Care merger proposal

Town officials from Weymouth and Braintree, along with state officials and area business leaders are speaking out in support of a proposed merger between South Shore Hospital and Partners Health Care.

Weymouth Mayor Sue Kay said she fully supports the proposed merger for South Shore Hospital, Weymouth’s largest employer.

“This is about the long-term survival of a South Shore historic institution, and if this merger with Partners will keep South Shore Hospital in business, while providing the world class health care that patients expect in Boston, then this is something we think is a huge plus for Weymouth, and absolutely the region.”

Weymouth Bank President Bob Terravecchia also voiced his support for the merger, and is urging the state attorney general to support it as well.

“The things that I deal with when we provide health care for the 50 or so employees we have at the bank, is how much does it cost and is it good? We all know it costs a lot. So if it’s going to cost a lot, let’s make sure it’s good.

I think this merger with Partners is a step in the right direction.  I too urge the attorney general to really give a thoughtful look at this, and understand that the people in the community that live here, work here, worship here and get our health care here – we all, I think, are in lockstep in endorsing this,” Terravecchia said.

Partners Health Care is the largest health care provider in the state.

About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.