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The Rochester Regional Hospital Council is a group of 34 nonfederal general hospitals and 10 special hospitals in an 11county area around Rochester, N. Y., that constitutes a unique voluntary regional cooperative organization. It was begun in 1946 under the guidance of the late Dr. Albert D. Kaiser, health officer of Rochester, with financial support by the Commonwealth Fund. The purposes of the council were to improve medical services in small suburban and rural hospitals by pooling of clinical, administrative, and technical skills; by joint operation of those institutional services that can be performed more efficiently by the group than by the individual institutions; by joint planning of hospital building and expansion; and by continuing educational programs for the physicians, nurses, technicians, and administrators. It was originally conceived as a complete regional organization with equal emphasis on medical services and on continuing education, rather than being primarily educationally oriented as
The Rochester Regional Hospital Council. JAMA. 1956;161(17):1715. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970170111027