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Progress Continues on Regional Provider Alliances

In 2014, Rochester General Health System is continuing to develop strategic alliances that will create a fully integrated regional health care system focused on improving quality, efficiency, affordability, access and community health.

RGHLast fall RGHS and Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic (CSHC) announced plans to bring CSHC into RGHS as a fully integrated hospital affiliate, similar to the successful affiliation between Rochester General and Newark-Wayne Community Hospitals.

The leaderships of CSHC and RGHS are working together closely to create a formal affiliation plan and complete the required regulatory approval process. “CSHC will be a great fit within our system, as it will extend our current regional footprint and reinforce our community-focused mission throughout the Finger Lakes area,” said Mark Clement, RGHS President & CEO. “Our vision is to make CSHC a thriving campus and a destination for health care that offers patients a full range of high-quality, low-cost programs and services conveniently available right in the community.”

The planned alliance between RGHS and Unity Health System is moving forward as well. In September 2013 the boards of directors of both systems unanimously approved a binding affiliation agreement that spells out the terms and conditions under which the two organizations will work together to form a single integrated health system, serving the greater Rochester area and beyond.

The agreement stipulates an equal partnership between Unity and Rochester General Health System in the formation of a single new parent company that will set and oversee the direction of the health system. The new parent company will be led by one Board of Directors, with equal representation from the RGHS and Unity boards.

Ongoing detailed clinical and operational integration planning will map out the blueprint for the new health system; these plans will be submitted for regulatory reviews and approvals, which are expected to be completed in the next year.

“With CSHC and Unity as part of RGHS, the new organization we are building will have
four high-quality, integrated hospitals offering high-value care to patients throughout Monroe, Ontario and Wayne Counties – enabling us to take even greater responsibility for improving health throughout the region,” Clement added.