KINGSTON, N.Y. – The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) and HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley (HealthAlliance) today announced an agreement that will enhance and expand healthcare for an entire region, while keeping essential services close to home for those who need them.
“We couldn’t be happier with the relationship,” said David Scarpino, President and CEO, HealthAlliance. “It ensures that our community will receive the highest-quality healthcare, locally, now and well into the future. The agreement strengthens HealthAlliance’s existing healthcare offerings while providing new and more advanced services to meet a full range of patient needs.
“Furthermore, HealthAlliance and WMCHealth share a vision for an innovative, healthcare-delivery system,” Scarpino continued. “This vision includes the continuation of critical-access and skilled-nursing services in Margaretville, the development of HealthAlliance Hospital: Mary’s Avenue Campus into a single hospital with sophisticated medical technologies, and the evolution of HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway Campus into a ‘medical village’ concept to bring a variety of much-needed community ambulatory services under one roof.”
“Like our recent partnerships with MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie and Bon Secours Charity Health System, which has hospitals in Suffern, Warwick and Port Jervis, this relationship with HealthAlliance furthers WMCHealth’s goal of preserving and improving services in existing Hudson Valley healthcare facilities so local families can benefit from high-quality care close to home,” said Michael D. Israel, President and CEO, Westchester Medical Center Health Network. “HealthAlliance has been — and now will continue to be — a conduit for high-quality care for Ulster and Delaware County residents, and WMCHealth will play an integral role in ensuring the continuation and enhancement of these services.”
Mitchell C. Hochberg, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Westchester County Health Care Corporation, which operates WMCHealth, said the network is in a strong position to add HealthAlliance to its growing system. “WMCHealth has the clinical, financial and operational experience necessary to help Hudson Valley healthcare organizations thrive. We have collaborated with the Hudson Valley’s community hospitals for more than 30 years and, in recent times, successfully integrated multiple hospitals and healthcare services — spread across the region — into our network. The Hudson Valley is our home, and we are reshaping healthcare here to ensure the highest quality of care is available nearby for our friends and neighbors.”
HealthAlliance is a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, effective immediately. WMCHealth will be the sole corporate member of HealthAlliance and will oversee its hospital operations, as well as operations at other HealthAlliance facilities.
Israel noted that New York State recently announced nearly $1.2 billion in healthcare awards for hospitals and health systems in New York. The grant awards are transformational for WMCHealth, with the infusion of $88.8 million for the Kingston campuses and $24.5 million toward the development of a robust medical village in Port Jervis — all critical to the continued provision of healthcare services for those communities.
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