NHS hospitals with the biggest death rates in England, including Medway Maritime in Gillingham, are being teamed up with those given top marks for safety and patient care.
Eleven trusts are in special measures following the death rates scandal at Stafford hospital.
Managers from the best performers will be sent in to drive up standards, it's been revealed.
It comes after Medway - Kent’s biggest hospital - was placed in special measures amid a vast catalogue of failings.
Details of what shape the changes will take in Medway are unconfirmed but it could mean losing the freedom to appoint executives or set operating plans.
Current executives may also be sacked.
Almost every senior board member at Medway has already been replaced in the last two years except the chief executive, Mark Devlin.
Which hospital trust will work as a partner with Medway has yet to be confirmed.
It will be paid bonuses if standards at Medway improve, echoing a culture which exists in schools.
Meanwhile, Medway’s hospital trust will publish monthly improvement plans on the NHS Choices website, with the first one due out today.
The hospital is already addressing the out-of-date A&E department by setting up a mobile unit and refurbishing the original wing.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said today: “In place of the old approach of paying management consultants to analyse the problems, we are giving contracts to the best in the NHS to implement solutions they have tried and tested.
“With the help of inspiring NHS leaders and their teams from our leading hospitals, I am confident that we can get these hospitals out of special measures and on the road to recovery.”
The changes stem from a review by NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh, which probed the 14 hospitals with the highest death rates in England.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt told MPs in July: “A public consultation [in Medway] heard stories of poor consultation with patients, poor management of deteriorating patients, inappropriate referrals and medical interventions, delayed discharges and long A&E waiting times.”
The report’s damning findings included:
The panel interviewed top directors at the Gillingham hospital as well as staff and patients earlier this year.
Its report noted many senior staff had been replaced since the Keogh review was announced - including new directors of nursing, communications and strategy and governance.
A new medical director has been appointed, and the chairman and finance director were also replaced last year.