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Orleans County hospital affiliates with Catholic Health

Rochester Business Journal
June 10, 2014

Orleans Community Health/Medina Memorial Hospital has inked an affiliation agreement with Buffalo-based Catholic Health, officials said Tuesday.

The agreement calls for the Orleans County organization to retain its own board of directors but get support—including medical staff and equipment—from Catholic Health, officials said.

“With the changes we are experiencing in health care, it was clear we needed to align our hospital with a larger health system that could support and strengthen the services we offer in Orleans County,” said Dolores Horvath, president and CEO of Orleans Community Health/Medina Memorial Hospital.
The Medina hospital investigated arrangements with several area health care organizations, including Rochester systems, before striking a deal with Catholic Health, she added.

“Catholic Health was the best fit for our organization,” Horvath said.

In the Buffalo area, Catholic Health runs Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo, Sister of Charity Hospital in Cheektowaga, Mercy Hospital in Buffalo and Kenmore Mercy Hospital in Kenmore. It has similar affiliation agreements with Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville and Mount St. Mary’s Hospital in Niagara Falls. It expects to merge with the Niagara Falls hospital later this year.     

The Orleans County health care facility’s move echoes similar steps taken in recent months by area rural and small town community hospitals. Many such institutions find it hard to draw enough patients, yet remain primary sources of care for significant numbers of residents. 

United Memorial Hospital in Batavia, Genesee County, and Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic in Ontario County are slated to be folded into the system that will arise out of the merger of Rochester General Health System Unity Health System that is slated to complete next month.   

Earlier, Nicholas Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville agreed to affiliate with the University of Rochester Medical Center, which in 2012 struck a deal with Canandaigua’s Thompson Health.
(c) 2014 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail

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