NYU Langone Medical Center and Winthrop-University Hospital announced approval by their respective Boards of an affiliation agreement that will bring the two organizations together to expand, enhance, and clinically integrate their healthcare networks on Long Island.
NYU Langone, whose hospitals are on the East side of Manhattan and in Brooklyn, has more than 150 ambulatory sites throughout the region, with more than 40 practices in Queens and Long Island. Winthrop’s main campus is located in Mineola, NY, in central Nassau County, and is virtually adjacent to a major transportation hub that includes the Long Island Rail Road and an intermodal bus terminal.
In addition to its main campus, which is also home to an onsite dialysis center, CyberKnife® Center, and the Cancer Center for Kids, Winthrop has multiple ambulatory sites throughout the surrounding areas, including a newly expanded ambulatory surgery center in Garden City, Specialty Center East in Deer Park, and a CyberKnife® Center in Manhattan. Further, the hospital employs an extensive network of physicians and physician practices that encompasses 66 faculty and community-based practices in over 140 locations, extending from Shelter Island and Riverhead to Upper Manhattan.
The affiliation will extend NYU Langone’s presence on Long Island, while increasing support for Winthrop’s established network of inpatient and outpatient services. At the same time, it bolsters Winthrop’s access to NYU Langone’s vast offering of medical and surgical specialties. Regulatory approval for the new affiliation will be sought with the aim that approvals will be completed in spring 2017.
According to John Collins, Winthrop’s president and CEO, “We have been successful in completing this agreement with NYU Langone because both parties share a mutual respect and a mutual commitment to delivering the highest quality healthcare to the residents of the New York region. I think NYU Langone recognizes that Winthrop stands as a truly unique healthcare institution on Long Island—a major academic and research hospital that delivers high quality care in an extremely personal and compassionate environment. And we recognize in NYU Langone a partner who shares our commitment to excellence, who places the utmost value on the contributions of our clinical staff, and who will be able to help us continue to expand our services to meet the needs of our community as well as provide access to a whole new source of world-class medical care.”
Following are some of the key components of the affiliation agreement:
- Provide an initial capital investment and develop a long term master plan which will serve as a framework for future changes and expansion of the campus for both inpatient and ambulatory activities based upon projected needs.
- Implementation and integration of the Epic electronic medical records system will be focused on Winthrop’s ambulatory practices to develop a system-wide, state-of-the art IT infrastructure and connectivity to support clinical integration and population health management initiatives and analytics. Winthrop recently converted to the Cerner Soarian Electronic Medical Record system for all inpatient care, which will stay in place for the foreseeable future.
Structurally, Winthrop’s operations will remain under the direction of the current Board of Directors and Administration. John Collins will continue as Winthrop’s President and CEO, and will report directly to Dr. Grossman and to the Winthrop Board of Directors. Initially, one member of Winthrop’s Board of Directors will also take a seat on the NYU Langone Board, and several members of NYU Langone’s Board will become members of Winthrop’s Board. Additionally, Winthrop’s medical teaching faculty will retain their faculty appointments within Stony Brook University’s School of Medicine, and undergraduate medical education, in which 80 third- and fourth-year Stony Brook medical students are trained on the Winthrop campus, will also remain in effect. Following the initial five years of the affiliation, Winthrop will complete a full asset merger with NYU Langone’s hospitals.
“I can reiterate to our staff, our outstanding medical faculty, and our community that our partnership with NYU Langone will enable us to deliver even better medical care to our patients, as well as to more effectively and efficiently meet the challenges of the ever-changing healthcare environment now and in the future,” says Collins.