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Westchester Medical Center Discussing Joint Venture With Bon Secours

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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Westchester Medical Center (WMC) and the Bon Secours Health System (BSHSI), Bon Secours Charity Health System (BSCHS)  are in exclusive discussions to explore a joint venture corporate relationship, according to a press release on the WMC website.

The venture would make WMC  the majority co-member of BSCHS and would work with Bon Secours to achieve high-quality, cost-effective healthcare and care management services in a community-based setting.

Bon Secours Charity Health System is a multi-state healthcare provider serving nearly a million people in the lower Hudson Valley, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. BSCHS is comprised of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern; Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis; St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick; a certified home health agency; two long-term care facilities; an assisted living/adult home facility and several other medical programs located throughout the region. The system employs more than 3,400, making it one of the area’s largest employers.

“A Joint Venture with Westchester Medical Center represents an unparalleled opportunity to enhance the quality of services for the people in the region and would preserve and expand local health care,” said Mark Nantz, executive vice president of Bon Secours Health System. “The challenges of today’s health-care environment require that healthcare systems explore innovative ways to deliver high-quality care through clinical transformation and population health management. We believe this joint venture could achieve the best for both our organizations.”

“Westchester Medical Center’s historic mission has been to ensure that all the residents of the Hudson Valley have the finest healthcare available as close to home as possible,” said Michael D. Israel, president and chief executive officer of Westchester Medical Center. “Our focus remains protecting the valued local healthcare services that the residents of this region have come to expect and deserve and, with our clinical and operational acumen, further strengthening local programs and offerings in the community, which started with our partnership with MidHudson Regional Hospital earlier this year.”

WMC board Chair Mark Tulis said that these actions are part of a long-term, broad strategic planning effort to invest in the Hudson Valley. “Our vision is to partner to build on Bon Secours’ strong foundation, enhance what is available and foster integration and coordination, which will require the long-term viability of these partners and more,” Tulis said.

Bon Secours Charity would remain a Catholic health-care ministry with Bon Secours Health System and the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth as members and canonical sponsors, the press release said.

A Bon Secours Charity joint venture, with management from Westchester Medical Center and support from Bon Secours Health System, will improve and sustain high-quality, compassionate healthcare through population health management with special emphasis on care for the most vulnerable.

Bon Secours Health System, headquartered in Marriottsville, Md., a $3.5 billion not-for-profit Catholic health system, owns, manages or joint ventures 19 acute-care hospitals, one psychiatric hospital, five nursing care facilities, four assisted living facilities and 14 home care and hospice programs.

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