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Elizabethtown Community Hospital to buy Smith House

— Patients at Smith House will benefit from the hospitals electronic medical record technology, fiber optic connectivity and telemedicine capabilities. The staff at Smith House will ultimately be employed by the hospital, and ECH medical staff will oversee patient care.

The hospital owns a network of community-based health centers throughout Essex County.

“In many cases, Smith House patients are also ECH patients,” Jane Hooper, director of community relations at ECH, said. “We want people throughout the region to receive quality healthcare close to their home communities; we also want to promote continuity of care for patients among the community-based health centers and the main hospital facility.”

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