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(L-R) Joan Cusack-McGuirk, SLCH President and CEO,  Steven M. Safyer MD, President and CEO Montefiore Medicine and Geoffrey L. Brackett, PhD, Chairman, SLCH Board of Trustees 

Newburgh, NY (January 31, 2018)–Montefiore Health System (MHS)  and St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital announced today that their partnership has been approved by the New York State Health Commissioner, to make MHS the parent and co-operator of the Orange County-based hospital. 
 
SLCH and MHS first announced their intent for partnership in January 2016. The State of New York Public Health and Health Planning Council approved the relationship in late 2017, which was followed by approval from the State Health Commissioner this month.  MHS and SLCH combined are a key component of Montefiore’s regional strategy, which offers access to cutting edge academic medicine, research and quality care, both locally and throughout the region. 
 
“This is such a proud moment: the final step in the process of joining our systems in order to expand the best of value-based care and clinical excellence to the region,” said Steven M. Safyer MD, President and CEO Montefiore Medicine. “We would not be here today without a lot of visionary thinking, and we owe a deep debt of gratitude to the dedicated leadership of St. Luke’s Cornwall and its board of trustees, for believing that together we can really make a difference.”
 
SLCH is a vital access provider with main campuses in both Newburgh and Cornwall, New York and several offsite facilities throughout the region. 
 
“The Montefiore name is known both nationally and internationally, as a leader and an innovator,” said Joan Cusack-McGuirk, SLCH President and CEO. “It is a privilege to work alongside Dr. Safyer, a visionary in the contemporary delivery of healthcare, both locally and at the national level. Together, the possibilities of what we can do for our community are endless. Montefiore’s mission is to heal, to teach, to discover and to enhance the health of the communities we serve. This could not be more closely aligned with SLCH.”
 
Throughout the last two years, MHS and SLCH have worked to integrate the community hospital into the larger system with the addition of programs and services, with a focus on population health management. Since that time, SLCH has added Thoracic Surgery, with physician leadership from White Plains Hospital and also expanded its physical medicine footprint as a result of a partnership with Burke Rehabilitation Hospital; both members of the Montefiore Health System. SLCH has also grown its Oncology Program significantly, including the addition of a new Medical Director of Radiation Oncology as well as a breast and plastic surgeon to provide comprehensive cancer care to the community.  
 
Montefiore also has oversight of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, a leader in combining quality clinical care with research, which will now connect SLCH patients to clinical trials and specialty care.
 
About Montefiore Health System
Montefiore Health System is one of New York’s premier academic health systems and is a recognized leader in providing exceptional quality and personalized, accountable care to approximately three million people in communities across the Bronx, Westchester and the Hudson Valley. It is comprised of 11 hospitals, including the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and close to 200 outpatient care sites. The advanced clinical and translational research at its medical school, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, directly informs patient care and improves outcomes. From the Montefiore-Einstein Centers of Excellence in cancer, cardiology and vascular care, pediatrics, and transplantation, to its preeminent school-based health program, Montefiore is a fully integrated healthcare delivery system providing coordinated, comprehensive care to patients and their families. For more information please visit www.montefiore.org. Follow us on Twitter and view us on Facebook and YouTube.
 
About St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital
St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) is a not-for-profit community hospital with campuses in Newburgh and Cornwall, NY. The hospital is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the Hudson Valley and has achieved excellence in the delivery of compassionate and comprehensive health care services. SLCH is also recognized as an industry leader in using information technology to improve patient care, by winning the Most Wired Award for the second year in a row. In January 2016, SLCH officially partnered with Montefiore Health System to strengthen the delivery of health care locally and enhance access to exceptional specialty care for Hudson Valley residents.