STATEN ISLAND, NY – University Physicians Group (UPG), Staten Island’s largest group of physicians practicing in internal medicine and related specialties, is joining Northwell Health, formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System, effective August 1.
Northwell Health President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Dowling and Theodore Strange, MD, UPG’s executive vice president and co-founder, signed an agreement that officially integrates UPG into the health system’s medical group practice, called Northwell Health Physician Partners.
“This is a win-win for our patients and physicians,” said Dr. Strange. Patients cared for by UPG’s nearly 50 physicians at 25 office locations in Staten Island and Brooklyn will have access to Northwell’s vast resources, which extend from eastern Long Island to Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens and Westchester County. The health system includes 21 hospitals and about 450 outpatient physician practices and other ambulatory locations throughout the metropolitan area.
“For our physician practices, being part of Northwell represents a new era of providing quality care in the most cost-effective way by being a fully integrated practice within Northwell Health Physician Partners,” Dr. Strange said. With more than 2,500 members, Northwell Health Physician Partners is the seventh-largest physician group practice in the country.
UPG was founded by Dr. Strange and Vincent Calamia, MD. Originally part of Staten Island University Hospital, UPG spun off as an independent PC in 2002. Several of UPG physician members will continue to act in clinical leadership roles at SIUH. Besides Dr. Strange, UPG officers include Jeffrey Hyman, MD, medical director; Albert Esposito, associate executive director; and John Szeluga, finance officer.
“UPG joining us is a dynamic part of our role in the new paradigm of health care,” said Mr. Dowling. “At Northwell, we’re broadening access to quality healthcare care across all of the communities we serve throughout the metropolitan area as part of an effort to promote health and wellness, prevent disease and keep people out of the hospital.”
About Northwell Health
Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System) is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer. With 21 hospitals and nearly 450 outpatient practices, we serve 8 million people in the metro New York area and beyond. Our 61,000 employees work to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute. We're training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. And we offer health insurance through CareConnect. For information on our services in more than 100 medical specialties, visit Northwell.edu.