With a hospital network that includes Mass. General and the Brigham, Partners HealthCare calls itself the marquee health provider in Massachusetts. But critics say it’s an 800-pound gorilla and caution against allowing it to get even bigger.
Partners is already the state’s largest health care system, with most of its hospitals in the Boston area, a few on the Cape and Islands and one out in Northampton. If its proposed acquisitions go through, Partners will add three more hospitals to its network: South Shore Hospital in Weymouth and two Hallmark Health System Hospitals in Melrose and Medford.