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WMC and SSHS Announce Memorandum of Understanding
12/18/2012

CONTACT:  David Billig- WMC, Billigd@wcmc.com                                          (914) 493 8028

Trish Feathers- SSHS, tfeathers@sshsw.org                                                   (914) 365-3597 

 Westchester Medical Center and Sound Shore Health System Announce Memorandum of Understanding

 

Westchester Medical Center (WMC) and Sound Shore Health System (SSHS) have announced that they have taken the first steps in establishing a formal corporate relationship to strengthen healthcare in Westchester and the region and expand services and access for the people of the Sound Shore community as well as the surrounding areas.

WMC and SSHS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), agreeing to engage in exclusive talks to explore establishing a formal corporate relationship.  

“Westchester Medical Center’s mission is to ensure that the citizens of our entire region have access to the finest medical care, regardless of their ability to pay,” said WMC President and CEO Michael Israel.  “Sound Shore Medical Center, Mount Vernon Hospital and the Schaffer Extended Care Center are critical links to quality care for everyone in southern Westchester, and we are committed to furthering the programs and services that the people of that area have come to expect and rely on.  Together we will be a stronger, more vibrant healthcare organization.”

John Spicer, President and CEO of SSHS, said, “We are always looking to the future and, as part of our strategic planning process we have determined we would be in a stronger position to continue delivering on our mission of improving the health status of our community by partnering with WMC, whose mission and values are the same, to continue to provide the most advanced clinical outcomes and personalized care our community deserves.  Healthcare in Westchester just got stronger.”

Israel added that WMC shares SSHS’s commitment to maintaining vibrant healthcare campuses in New Rochelle (Sound Shore Medical Center and the Schaffer Extended Care Center) and Mount Vernon (Mount Vernon Hospital), as well as a strengthened clinical and academic organization for the institutions’ physicians

The combined financial resources of WMC and SSHS will be used to provide a smooth transition toward operational and fiscal stability, consolidated services and necessary infrastructure needs.   Later, merged operations will generate capital funding to support the needs of the combined organizations.

“We are eager to move forward with our joint due diligence and in developing the most productive and fiscally responsible structure for everyone concerned, most notably the patients we serve,” said Mark Tulis, Chair of the WMC Board of Directors.

Mauro C. Romita, Sound Shore Health System Chairman, stated, “The opportunity for the SSHS to become a part of Westchester’s high-quality academic Medical Center ensures that we will be able to bring to our communities the best that medicine has to offer for generations to come.  It is an opportunity we are excited to pursue.”  

Westchester Medical Center is home to a number of specialty centers providing the highest level and quality of advanced care available to the 3.5 million residents of the Hudson Valley region of New York.   Sound Shore Medical Center (SSMC), Mount Vernon Hospital (MVH), Dorothea Hopfer School of Nursing and Schaffer Extended Care Center (SECC) and Visiting Nurse Association of Hudson Valley were affiliated to create one of the largest private healthcare systems between New York City and Albany - Sound Shore Health System.

About SSHS

In 1997, Mount Vernon Hospital (MVH), Sound Shore Medical Center (SSMC), Dorothea Hopfer School of Nursing and Schaffer Extended Care Center (SECC) affiliated to create one of the largest private healthcare systems between New York City and Albany - Sound Shore Health System.  Centers of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery as well as 1st Trimester Antepartum Screening, and approved by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons for its high-quality, comprehensive cancer programs - a distinction held by only 25% of hospitals treating cancer patients.  Sleep Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center Program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. SSMC is designated by New York State as an Area Trauma Center, Stroke Center and Perinatal Hospital with Level 3 maternal and neonatal intensive care services. Its home to the Jacee Lynn Cappelli Diabetes Center and the Elaine and Melvin Merians Diabetes Education and Conference Center.   Also on its campus is the Schaffer Extended Care Center, which provides 50 beds for short-term rehabilitation patients and 100 for long-term residents. Other centers of excellence include the Assertive Community Treatment Center, the Family Health and Wellness Center, the Hopfer School of Nursing and Intensive Case Management.  MVH is designated as a New York State Department of Health Stroke Center and NYS HIV/AIDS Center.  Both MVH and its Laboratory are accredited by The Joint Commission.  The Dorothea Hopfer School of Nursing is accredited as an associate in nursing degree program by The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

About WMC

Spanning every adult and pediatric medical specialty, Westchester Medical Center is well-known for its advanced medical care in trauma and burn, heart, transplant, neuroscience, cancer and pediatrics at our Maria Fareri Children's Hospital.  With more than 900 attending physicians and 3,300 healthcare professionals, Westchester Medical Center is the only facility capable of providing immediate lifesaving advanced care between New York City and Albany.  Westchester Medical Center serves as a lifeline for more than 3.5 million people in the Hudson Valley region and provides outstanding care to more than 120,000 children and adults every year.  Community hospitals within 5,000-square-miles send their most difficult cases to us for advanced-care. 

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