WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Montefiore Health System and White Plains Hospital have announced that their partnership agreement has been approved by the New York State Health Commissioner.
White Plains Hospital is now a member of Montefiore Health System, serving as the tertiary hub of Montefiore’s growing Westchester network. The alliance will result in more advanced, coordinated care in the region.
Steven M. Safyer, M.D., president and CEO of Montefiore Health System, and Jon B. Schandler, CEO of White Plains Hospital, issued the following statement celebrating the final agreement:
“Our institutions are partnering to bridge the divide between academic medical centers and community hospitals – giving Westchester the best of both worlds," Safyer said. "White Plains Hospital will continue to expand its level of highly-specialized treatment, with all the resources and advantages of Montefiore’s innovative care delivery system and academic partnership with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.”
“Montefiore and White Plains Hospital will work together to manage care by delivering high-quality, efficient tertiary services locally, in a familiar setting, close to our patients’ homes and cared for by physicians in the community. It is a model of care that communities outside of New York City will benefit from, and will help sustain a strong health care infrastructure throughout the region.”
White Plains Hospital’s Board of Directors will remain intact with the addition of three members-at-large from the Montefiore Health System Board of Directors. Additionally, three members of the White Plains Hospital Board of Directors will serve on the Montefiore Board.
The regulatory approval process has been ongoing since February, when the institutions announced their desire to form a partnership. In April, CEOs from White Plains Hospital and Montefiore Health System signed formal documents outlining the partnership. The State of New York Public Health and Health Planning Council approved the partnership in October, which was followed by final approval from the State Health Commissioner.