Department of Health Panel Approves Partnership Between Montefiore Health System and White Plains Hospital

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Alliance Now Awaits Final Approval from Health Commissioner

Eight months after agreeing to a mutually beneficial partnership, Montefiore Health System and White Plains Hospital announced on Oct. 2, 2014 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.

About Montefiore Health System

Montefiore Health System is a premier academic health system and the University Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Combining nationally-recognized clinical excellence with a population health perspective that focuses on the health needs of communities, Montefiore delivers coordinated, compassionate, science-driven care where, when and how patients need it most. Montefiore consists of six hospitals and an extended care facility with a total of 2,059 beds, a School of Nursing, and state-of-the-art primary and specialty care provided through a network of more than 150 locations across the region, including the largest school health program in the nation and a home health program. For more information please visit http://www.montefiorehealthsystem.org. Follow us on Twitter; like us on Facebook; view us on YouTube.

About White Plains Hospital

White Plains Hospital (WPH) is a 292-bed not-for-profit health care organization with the primary mission of providing exceptional acute and preventive medical care to all people who live in, work in or visit Westchester County and its surrounding areas. Centers of Excellence include the Dickstein Cancer Treatment Center, The William & Sylvia Silberstein Neonatal & Maternity Center and The Ruth and Jerome A. Siegel Stroke Center. The Hospital’s Flanzer Emergency Department is the busiest in Westchester County, seeing over 55,000 visits a year. White Plains Hospital is the only community hospital in Westchester County to perform lifesaving emergency & elective angioplasty in its Joan and Alan Herfort, M.D. Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. The Hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and earned its recognition as a Top Performer for Key Quality Measures® in 2013. The Hospital is also an eleven-time winner of the Consumer Choice Award, an honor given to the nation’s top hospitals by the National Research Corporation, and received Magnet® designation in 2012 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). In 2014 White Plains Hospital received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades®, given to only 5% of hospitals nationwide. For additional information, visit http://www.wphospital.org.

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