One More for NS-LIJ?

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Crain's Health Pulse
May 26, 2015
One More for NS-LIJ?

Eastern Long Island Hospital will be the last of three East End facilities that must choose between two partners: SUNY Stony Brook or North Shore-LIJ. ELIH's board was scheduled to make the decision May 28, but has pushed back the date six weeks to July 9. Paul Connor, president and chief executive of ELIH, insists both sides are still on equal footing. "We're in active negotiations with North Shore and Stony Brook," he said. But the chairman of NS-LIJ's board of trustees, Mark Claster, declared victory in an interview last week with Crain's. He said the two institutions have agreed on a letter of intent, subject to approval by ELIH's board. "We're obviously hopeful that the board ratifies what has been worked out between the two health systems," said Mr. Claster, a partner at Carl Marks Advisors, an investment banking firm. ELIH would become the system's 19th member. That decision would come as a blow to Stony Brook and state Sen. Kenneth LaValle. In comments last month to The Suffolk Times, he revived the 2006 recommendation of the Berger commission that all three East End hospitals join the Suffolk health system. North Shore-LIJ's deal with Peconic Bay Medical Center awaits regulatory approval. Its other Suffolk hospitals are Huntington Hospital, Southshore Hospital in Bay Shore and South Oaks in Amityville.

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