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Wayne County hospitals to merge, affiliate with GRHS

Myers Community Hospital in Sodus and Newark-Wayne Community Hospital in Newark have reached an agreement to merge the two institutions into a corporation affiliated with the Greater Rochester Health System Inc.
“Working together, we can provide access to technology and clinical and management expertise that none of us can offer alone,” said Roger Hunt, president and CEO of GRHS.
Details of the agreement are still being negotiated. However, the boards of the hospitals and GRHS earlier this week agreed to consolidate activities, structure and services of the two hospitals.
Under the agreement, a new board of directors–with equal representation from both hospitals–will be formed. The hospitals’ foundations and auxiliaries, as well as donations, will remain separate.
Implementation of the consolidation plan is subject to regulatory review and is expected to occur in 1997.
“We recognize the benefits of being part of an integrated delivery system in today’s climate,” said Michael Walker, chairman of Myers’ board. “We have enjoyed a long-time cooperative relationship with Newark-Wayne and other affiliates of the Greater Rochester Health System, and we realize that being part of this system will benefit our patients and the Wayne County community.”
Terrence Bedient, Myers’ administrator, said earlier this summer that he believed Myers needed to join a network to survive.
Newark-Wayne has been part of GRHS since the system’s inception in 1994. Rochester General and Genesee hospitals also are GRHS members.
“Our partnership with the Greater Rochester Health System has brought us a measure of stability during a time of dramatic change and great challenges to rural hospitals,” said Stuart Flavin, chairman of Newark-Wayne’s board. “We have long had a cooperative relationship with the Myers Community Hospital and see this as an opportunity to strengthen the care we both provide to Wayne County residents.”
The affiliation with GRHS will ensure continuation of quality health care in Wayne County, said Alan Underberg, GRHS board chairman. However, maintaining a separate hospital board will allow the institutions to continue being responsive to Wayne County’s local needs.
Besides the hospitals, GRHS also consists of the hospital foundations, mental health services, and several long-term care programs and facilities under the Continuing Care Network Inc.

Wayne County hospitals to merge, affiliate with GRHS

Myers Community Hospital in Sodus and Newark-Wayne Community Hospital in Newark have reached an agreement to merge the two institutions into a corporation affiliated with the Greater Rochester Health System Inc.
“Working together, we can provide access to technology and clinical and management expertise that none of us can offer alone,” said Roger Hunt, president and CEO of GRHS.

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