The South Shore Physician Hospital Organization (SSPHO) was formed in 1994 by physicians and the South Shore Hospital. The mission of the SSPHO is to preserve and protect the value and quality of health care for the people who live and work in Southeastern Massachusetts.

December 30, 2013

Presentations from the Annual Meeting, held December 12, are now online. Click on the image below to view them.


November 29, 2012

Presentations from the Annual Meeting, held November 1, are now online. Click on the image below to view them.


November 5, 2012

SSPHO Annual Meeting

The South Shore PHO held its annual meeting on Thursday, November 1, at the Old South Union Church on Columbian Street -- just behind South Shore Hospital. The theme of the meeting was Closing the Information Gap and was sponsored in part by Coverys, the SSPHO malpractice insurer.

Speakers included Mickey Tripathi from the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative; SSH Chief of Nursing, Tim Quigley; Alexandra Calcagno and Charles Alagero from the Massachusetts Medical Society. Topics ranged from the benefits and pitfalls of Social Media, through the impact of upcoming healthcare reform legislation, to EHR and data management.

Dr Edward Nalband addressing the meeting on Transitions of Care from the Medical Center Perspective

If you attended the meeting, don’t forget to sign up with Coverys to complete and evaluation form and claim your CME credit, within the next two weeks. The web address is www.CoverysEducation.com. If you have questions about this process, contact Coverys at CMEsupport@coverys.com.

Ann Huben-Kearney from Coverys, speaking about the issues created by the use of social media

A raffle was held with three prizes of AMEX gift cards going to Javed Hussain, MD Weymouth Pediatrics, Jocelyn Healey, MD, Child and Adolescent Health Specialists, and Maureen Mathews, Office Manager from Child and Adolescent Health Specialists.

A full report of the meeting will be published in the PHO Newsletter.


August 15, 2012

Introducing New Chairman of the SSPHO Board, Dr. David F. Demick

The South Shore Physician Hospital Organization (SSPHO) welcomes David F. Demick, MD as the new Chairman of the Board for the SSPHO. He has been associated with SSPHO since it was first formed in July, 1994. Dr. Demick joined the SSPHO Board in 1994 and served as Treasurer until his election to Chairman, effective August 15th.

Dr. Demick also has a long history with South Shore Hospital (SSH) since joining the hospital as Staff Anesthesiologist and Critical Care Physician in 1982. He has served four years as Chairman and two years as Vice Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology. He has also served many years as Chair of Resuscitation Committee and he has played a key role in teaching resuscitation science to physicians and allied staff, and in fostering quality improvement in advanced cardiac life support. Dr. Demick currently serves as one of the Physician Leaders for the Patient and Family Centered Care Committee and as Physician Liaison to the Mock Code Committee.

Dr. Demick is a partner with the South Shore Anesthesia Associates in Weymouth.



July 23, 2012

South Shore Hospital Ranked 3rd Best in Massachusetts by U.S. News and World Report

For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Sarah Darcy
July 23, 2012
(781) 624-8970

Magazine also highlights three hospital
specialties as nationally ranked and eight
hospital specialties as high-performing

South Weymouth, MA—July 23, 2012—South Shore Hospital has been recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals issue as ranking #3 overall in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. South Shore Hospital is in good company—scoring just behind Massachusetts General Hospital (ranked number one in the nation) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and tying for third place with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. South Shore Hospital also ranked third out of the 77 hospitals in the Boston Metro Area.

U.S. News & World Report also recognized South Shore Hospital with national rankings in three specialties—Diabetes and Endocrinology, Ear, Nose and Throat, and Urology. The magazine bestows national rankings on hospitals which have the skill and experience to treat serious, complex cases that require expertise which other hospitals cannot treat. South Shore Hospital was one of only 148 hospitals nationwide to achieve national rankings.

Eight other South Shore Hospital specialties, including Cancer, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, and Pulmonology, were ranked as high-performing by the magazine.

The rankings are based largely on objective measures of hospital performance, such as patient survival rates, and structural resources, such as nurse staffing levels. Each hospital’s reputation, as determined by a survey of physician specialists, is also a factor in the ranking methodology.

The U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings offer grounded guidance to supplement what patients learn from their health care providers. The rankings—now in their 23rd year—feature data on nearly 5,000 hospitals across the country. They span 16 medical specialties, from cancer to urology, and identify top hospitals in several hundred regions, including all major metropolitan areas.

South Shore Hospital is a 318-bed, not-for-profit, tax-exempt, charitable provider of acute, emergency, outpatient, home health, and hospice care to the people of Southeastern Massachusetts. South Shore Hospital’s home care division includes South Shore Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the South Shore, and Home & Health Resources. The hospital’s 900-member medical staff represents all leading medical specialties. South Shore Hospital employs 3,800 people, supported by a team of 600 volunteers. South Shore Hospital is licensed to provide Level II Trauma care and Level III Maternal/Newborn care. South Shore Hospital has been ranked among the top three hospitals in Massachusetts, according to the 2012 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals report, and named a Top Place to Work by the Boston Globe. Please call (781) 624-6673 or visit southshorehospital.org for a referral to a South Shore Hospital physician.

April 18, 2011

SSPHO Signs with Tufts Spirit Plan


The SSPHO is now a participating provider for Tufts Spirit Plan (Limited Network GIC Plan) beginning on 7/1/2011.  In the past, participation in the limited network required providers to accept lower reimbursement rates.  All SSPHO physicians will receive their commercial rates for these members.  Co-pays and deductibles are determined by the tier each provider is assigned to by the plan.  Tufts will be sending physician offices their tier designations.  For more information about the Tufts Spirit Plan, please visit the plan website