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Michael Motte joins Lower Bucks Hospital

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Michael Motte joins Lower Bucks Hospital

Michael Motte arrived as the new CEO of Lower Bucks Hospital this summer just as the Philadelphia region’s health care landscape was about to undergo a seismic shift. 

Michael Motte

His first day at the 175-room Bristol Township medical center was June 28, two days after American Academic Health System announced plans to close Hahnemann University Hospital.

Motte said Lower Bucks and its parent company, California-based Prime Healthcare Services, haven’t sat on the sidelines as indifferent observers.

Lower Bucks has just recruited a group of five Hahnemann podiatrists led by Dr. Steven F. Boc, who are in the process of setting up shop in the hospital’s medical office building. Motte is hopeful the addition of the foot specialists will enable him to pursue future plans to establish a limb preservation program for diabetics and patients with peripheral vascular disease.

In addition to the doctors, six podiatry residents associated with the practice are joining Lower Bucks, which will now have a total of 45 physicians-in training. The hospital already has residents in internal medicine and family medicine.

Motte, who led a hospital in St. Louis for nearly a decade before coming to Bucks County, said plans for Lower Bucks Hospital include more partnerships and collaborations with physician groups and health care providers.

“There’s more in flux now (with Hahnemann closing),” Motte said. “It’s a good time to talk with people and a good time for collaborations. When there’s a loss of a valuable asset in the community, it can pull people together.”

Lower Bucks Hospital — on its fourth CEO in the past five years — generated a small profit for the first six months of this year, after losing about $10 million in 2018. 

Motte said the turnaround was due to some serious belt-tightening, improved contracts with managed care payers, and cutting ties with under-performing physician groups it previously owned — all of which occurred before he arrived.

Going forward, he said, the hospital is ramping up programs and services. 

Lower Bucks has formed an alliance with Global Neurosciences Institute (GNI), which will provide neurologists and neurosurgeons who will offer will care to stroke patients and other neurology services.

Last month an urgent care center, called the Community Health Center, opened on the third floor of the hospital.

“What makes the Community Health Center unique is we’re inside the hospital. offering patients easy access to x-rays, labs, and all the hospital auxiliary services,” said Michele Aliprantis, director of business development at Lower Bucks. “We offer discount pricing for people without insurance and we have primary care physicians for patients who don’t have a primary care doctor.”

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