Health Departmentr Approves Montefiore-White Plains Hospital Partnership

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WPCNR HEALTH BIZ. From White Plains Hospital Medical Center. October 2, 2014:

Today, eight months after agreeing to a mutually beneficial partnership, Montefiore Health System and White Plains Hospital announced that their agreement has been approved by the New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council. Final approval by the State Health Commissioner is expected before the end of October, and once the partnership agreement is filed with the Secretary of State, the transaction will be complete.

When that occurs, White Plains Hospital will become a member of the Montefiore Health System, and will serve as the tertiary hub of Montefiore Health System’s growing Westchester network. The alliance will result in more advanced and coordinated care in the region.

“This is an innovative partnership that benefits both organizations, but most importantly, benefits the one million people living in Westchester,” said Jon B. Schandler, CEO of White Plains Hospital. “Together our organizations are better positioned to continue to enhance and expand the level of healthcare here in our community.”

Montefiore brings to the partnership its academic and research expertise as the University Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine; clinical expertise, including its notable Centers of Excellence in cancer care, transplantation and children’s health; and decades of experience providing integrated, well-coordinated care to improve the health and well-being of those with chronic diseases.

“This agreement will advance Montefiore’s integrated system of care and bring our academic medical expertise to White Plains,” said Steven M. Safyer, M.D., President and CEO of Montefiore Health System. “Working with our partners at White Plains Hospital and the private-practice physician community, we will deliver the best, most innovative care in Westchester and the region.”

Susan Fox, White Plains Hospital President, added, “We could not have made a better choice in selecting Montefiore as our partner. Our visions of providing high-quality care for our community are aligned, and we will expand our clinical services and operations by working closely with Montefiore. We will continue to invest in advanced tertiary services provided close to home.”

The regulatory approval process has been ongoing since both institutions announced their desire to form a strategic partnership in February. In April, CEOs from White Plains Hospital and Montefiore Health System signed formal documents outlining the partnership. The Project Review Committee of the State of New York Public Health and Health Planning Council voted unanimously to support the partnership on September 17th.

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