The Journal News
September 18, 2014
White Plains Hospital-Montefiore Merger Awaits State OK
White Plains Hospital will ask the state Thursday to seal its deal with Montefiore Medical Center and details of the proposed partnership hint at how other hospital mergers in the region will be structured.
If the Public Health and Health Planning Council approves the proposal — which is likely since the Department of Health gave it a go-ahead — the Bronx health system will have broad control over one of Westchester's community hospitals.
Under the proposed agreement, Montefiore will be able to approve top management at White Plains, including the CEO, chief financial officer and chief medical officer.
The Bronx hospital will also approve White Plains' operating and capital budgets as well as operating policies and procedures and contracts, according to documents filed with the state.
White Plains Hospital's 27 current board members will remain and Montefiore will appoint three additional members.
"We see it as a partnership," White Plains CEO Jon Schandler said. "Clearly Montefiore is the larger of the two and we expect to be an integral part of the system."
White Plains will be a hub for Montefiore as it continues to expand into the Lower Hudson Valley, Schandler said.
Montefiore purchased bankrupt hospitals in Mount Vernon and New Rochelle a year ago. It is also negotiating a deal with Nyack Hospital.
Schandler, who has been White Plains Hospital CEO for more than 30 years, will retire in 2015. Susan Fox, the current hospital president, is slated to take over.
White Plains Hospital will continue to offer the services it now offers, including a cardiac angioplasty program that started in 2011. The center performed 1,300 angioplasties last year and met or exceeded all quality benchmarks, Schandler said.
The partnership between Montefiore and White Plains is one of many in negotiations at hospitals throughout the Lower Hudson Valley.
New York-Presbyterian Hospital has taken over Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville and is negotiating with Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Cortlandt.
Phelps Memorial Hospital in Sleepy Hollow and Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco are negotiating with North Shore-LIJ Health System.