BOSTON — Wellforce, the health system over Circle Health, and South Shore Health announced Monday that the organizations are in partnership discussions.

According to a release, the parties have formally indicated their intention to move forward with discussions and developing a tighter relationship.

“Our discussions are ongoing and we are discovering many opportunities to work together to improve health care. We look forward to continuing our discussions,” said Wellforce Board Chair Ellen Zane in a written statement.

Zane, in the statement, said Wellforce was founded to bring together innovative health care providers who are focused on transforming health care in Massachusetts.

“Over the last five years, we have proven that academic and community medicine can work in partnership to improve quality, lower health care costs, keep care local and improve the health of communities,” Zane’s statement read. “We are currently in partnership discussions with South Shore Health, a strong regional health system that shares our commitment to these values.”

South Shore Health Board Chair Ken Kirkland also released a written statement, in which he said the dialogue with Wellforce “has focused on delivering advanced healthcare services in a community setting; working collaboratively with our physicians to control healthcare costs; increasing access to a larger provider network, and addressing the industry’s continued shift from volume-based to value-based care.”

Wellforce includes members Tufts Medical Center, Circle Health, MelroseWakefield Healthcare and Home Health Foundation. South Shore Health is the parent organization of South Shore Hospital and South Shore Medical Center, the South Shore Visiting Nurses Association and other non-profit entities, according to the release.

Members of either board were unavailable for comment at this time, per representatives.

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