Mount Kisco, NY (December 8, 2014) —Northern Westchester Hospital and the North Shore-LIJ Health System announced today that an agreement has been reached for the 233-bed Mount Kisco hospital to join the New York area’s largest health network. With a formal agreement signed, North Shore-LIJ will proceed to secure all necessary approvals to finalize the relationship, which is anticipated to occur in early 2015.
Judge Robert Spolzino, Chairman of the Board for Northern Westchester Hospital, stated, “We are extremely pleased to report that this agreement meets all of the objectives set out by the NWH Board of Trustees, acting on behalf of our community, and creates a strong foundation for a successful future together. North Shore-LIJ is well ahead of other area health systems in the transformation to Population Health Management, which will help to ensure that Northern Westchester Hospital remains one of the highest-quality, cost effective providers in the nation.”
Northern Westchester becomes North Shore-LIJ’s 19th hospital, and with the recent addition of Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow, continues the expansion of the health system’s presence in Westchester County, beyond its traditional service area in New York City and Long Island. The addition of Northern Westchester’s approximately 1,200 employees increases North Shore-LIJ’s workforce to more than 51,000 – the largest private employer in New York State.
“North Shore-LIJ is taking a patient-centered approach to expanding into the Hudson Valley, so patients will continue to receive the same high-quality healthcare that they have grown to expect from Northern Westchester Hospital,” said North Shore-LIJ President and CEO Michael J. Dowling. “This focus on local care will be supported by a commitment to maintaining and enhancing the key services that the hospital provides to the community today.”
“By joining the North Shore-LIJ Health System, NWH will directly benefit from stronger clinical information systems, economies of scale, access to capital, and the sharing of knowledge available from a system of community hospitals anchored by well-established academic medical centers,” stated Joel Seligman, President and CEO of Northern Westchester Hospital. “Throughout this decision-making process we have remained focused on our responsibility to continue providing high-quality, patient centered care. We are confident that the decision to have NWH join the North Shore-LIJ System will prove to be a very good one for our community.”
Over the years, NWH has emerged as one of the top community hospitals in New York State by providing extraordinary care to the community. As a member of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, Northern Westchester Hospital and its leadership team will have an important role in developing expansion plans for the North Shore-LIJ Health System in the greater Hudson Valley. This agreement also provides for the NWH Board of Trustees to remain a governing body of NWH for several years.
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 CareConnect Insurance Co. Inc. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 19 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 6,400 beds, employ nearly 11,000 nurses and have affiliations with about 10,000 physicians. With a workforce of more than 54,000, 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.
Mark R. Vincent
Northern Westchester Hospital
North Shore-LIJ Health System