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Daily Voice Leaders: Michael Israel, CEO, Westchester Medical Center

Michael Israel, President and CEO of Westchester Medical Center discusses the importance of the facility to the community and the challenges it faces in the current medical climate.
Michael Israel, President and CEO of Westchester Medical Center discusses the importance of the facility to the community and the challenges it faces in the current medical climate. Video Credit: Joe Jenkins

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- "Medium Sized and Scrappy." That's what Westchester Medical Center is in the current healthcare environment if you ask President and CEO Michael Israel.

The last four years have seen the landscape of healthcare in America change drastically with many hospitals joining with larger affiliates to stay afloat.

Just a few miles north of the major teaching hospitals of New York City, Israel and the Medical Center quickly realized they can't stand alone either, and acquired the former St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie (now known as MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center) on last May.

"We believe for the foreseeable future, the system that we're putting together will not only be able to compete successfully financially, but will be able to deliver both the top quality care and service that we've developed over the decades that the medical center has been here," Israel told Daily Voice.

Israel also discussed:

  • What should people think of when they hear "Westchester Medical Center?" (0:08 into clip)
  • How does Westchester Medical Center compare to the major New York City hospitals? (1:33 into clip)
  • How do the changes in medical care impact the county and the Medical Center? (2:26 into clip)
  • Will the Medical Center ever join with a larger affiliate? (4:08 into clip)
  • What are the biggest challenges facing the Medical Center? (5:40 into clip)
  • The impact of philanthropic efforts on the Medical Center. (7:02 into clip)

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