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Dr. Howard Trietsch to Oversee New Baystate Health Partnerships

SPRINGFIELD — Longtime community physician Dr. Howard Trietsch, has been chosen by Baystate Health to oversee and direct new collaborative partnerships with community physicians and providers.

Trietsch, a full-time attending physician at Baystate Ob-Gyn Group Inc., where he has served as managing partner since 1990, will maintain his private practice and continue to see patients.

According to Jennifer Endicott, Baystate Health’s senior vice president, Strategy and External Relations, and chief strategy officer, Trietsch has long been a staunch advocate for Baystate and for the important role of community physicians, and recognizes that enhancing these relationships benefits both patients and the community.

“As we navigate rapid change in care and reimbursement models, collaboration among all providers is essential to our success. While we have long enjoyed collegial relationships and shared care for many patients in Western Massachusetts, today’s payment and care models create an imperative for us to work together in new and innovative ways,” said Endicott. “Dr. Trietsch is passionate in his belief that the changing world of medicine and healthcare require more focused collaboration, leading to even better outcomes in care. By addressing the challenges faced by Baystate and by community providers in this new healthcare environment, we can work together to help our patients and communities thrive.”

In his role as president of the Greater Springfield Independent Practice Assoc. and member of the Baycare Health Partners board, Trietsch has seen first-hand the advances that can be made in quality and efficiency when Baystate and independent physicians work together.

“Because I have served in leadership roles for years in a private-practice setting, on the boards of the Greater Springfield IPA, Baycare, Baystate Health, and most recently Health New England, I think I have a broad perspective on the challenges faced by all of the organizations trying to improve the health of the communities we all serve,” Trietsch said. “I look forward to using this knowledge to overcome any barriers and create mutually beneficial alliances that will strengthen the individual organizations and improve the region’s ability to manage population health.”

Trietsch has been a member of the medical staff of Baystate Medical Center since 1987 and served on the Baystate Health board of trustees from 2006 to 2014. He is a member of many medical societies and serves on numerous community boards. In the past, he has served as vice president of the Western Mass Obstetrics/Gynecology Society, as well as president of the ob/gyn staff of Baystate Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Baystate Medical Center’s Wesson Women’s Clinic.

“Dr. Trietsch is recognized as a local physician leader in the Western Massachusetts healthcare community, and his collaborative nature with his peers is a testament to his commitment to ensuring quality and accessible healthcare,” Endicott said.

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