Mount Kisco, NY (June 5, 2014)—Northern Westchester Hospital and the North Shore-LIJ Health System announced today that the Northern Westchester Hospital Board of Trustees has unanimously approved a letter of intent to explore joining the North Shore-LIJ Health System. The letter of intent allows North Shore-LIJ and Northern Westchester Hospital to enter into exclusive negotiations and begin the due diligence process, with a goal of executing a final agreement later this year.
Judge Robert Spolzino, Chairman of the Board for Northern Westchester Hospital stated, “Northern Westchester Hospital is one of the highest quality hospitals in the United States. In order to continue delivering this high-level of care for our communities, the Board decided that we needed an innovative partner who could provide us with the scale and resources to capitalize on the monumental changes currently underway in the healthcare industry. As one of the Nation's largest health systems, North Shore-LIJ recognizes the important role that regional hospitals have in delivering exceptional care for their local communities.”
"Northern Westchester Hospital has been a leading hospital in New York State for delivering care that is high-quality, technologically advanced and cost-effective. As a teaching hospital for patient-centered care, Northern Westchester has consistently ranked among the top five hospitals in New York State and number one in the Hudson Valley for patient satisfaction. We are excited to be taking this first step toward becoming partners and we look forward to working closely with the hospital’s leadership team to build upon these strengths and further define our strategy for serving communities throughout the Hudson Valley,," said North Shore-LIJ President and CEO Michael J. Dowling.
Joel Seligman, President and CEO of Northern Westchester hospital said, “An important goal in identifying a partner was to provide us with the ability to further develop the medical expertise and leading edge technology that our community has come to expect from NWH, while simultaneously achieving greater operating efficiencies and reducing costs. Our Board and leadership team believe that North Shore-LIJ is the right partner to help us accomplish this and we are looking forward to working with them in developing a regional health care strategy.”
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About North Shore-LIJ Health System
One of the nation's largest health systems, North Shore-LIJ delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, and healthcare coverage to individuals, families and businesses through the North Shore-LIJ CareConnect Insurance Co. Inc. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 17 hospitals and more than 400 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,000 beds, employ more than 10,000 nurses and have affiliations with over 9,400 physicians. With a workforce of about 48,000, North Shore-LIJ is the largest private employer in New York State. For more information, go to www.northshorelij.com.
About Northern Westchester Hospital
Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH) provides high-quality, surgically-sophisticated, patient-centered care in Westchester County through a unique combination of medical expertise, leading-edge technology, and a commitment to humanity. More than 700 highly-skilled physicians, state-of-the-art technology and professional caregivers are all in place to ensure that you and your family receive treatment in a caring, respectful and nurturing environment.
NWH has established extensive internal quality measurements that surpass the standards defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA). Our New York surgeons uphold highest quality standards, helping to ensure that the treatment you receive at NWH is among the best in Westchester County and the nation. For a complete list of our services, please visit www.nwhc.net.