UR Medicine and Noyes Health announced today that they are considering a formal affiliation. Leaders from both organizations emphasize that talks are still preliminary and a decision to affiliate is still months away, but say that a closer relationship could allow the organizations to work together in more cost-effective ways that would help them strengthen services to the Dansville community.
The institutions currently collaborate to bring UR Medicine specialists such as medical oncologists and neurosurgeons to Noyes, providing Dansville-area residents access to specialized care close to home. A formal affiliation would expand that relationship to make Noyes the fourth hospital in the UR Medicine network, alongside Strong Memorial, Highland, and Thompson Health.
Representatives from UR Medicine and Noyes have been meeting for several weeks to explore the potential benefits of such an affiliation. The systems are trying to determine whether an affiliation could maximize the capabilities and resources of both systems, better preparing them amid shrinking reimbursement and other changes that are being driven by the Affordable Care Act. It is expected to take several months before each side will be able to make a recommendation to their respective Boards and seek necessary regulatory approvals.
“Noyes Health has remarkable strengths including outstanding physicians and clinical staff, a loyal and supportive community, and a reputation for delivering high-quality care,” said Amy Pollard, president of Noyes Health. “But our health care system is changing rapidly toward a model that delivers improved health and outcomes while, at the same time producing efficiencies that drive down costs. We believe that affiliating with UR Medicine would help us create a model to achieve both of these goals in our community.”
“Through our relationship with Noyes Health, UR Medicine already has a strong presence in the Dansville area, so it makes sense to consider ways to make it work even better,” said UR Medicine CEO Bradford C. Berk, M.D., Ph.D. “A formal affiliation could allow us to work more systematically with Noyes, its medical staff and the community to identify local needs and services that should be expanded.”
Across the country, health systems are forging relationships that can help them drive down costs and improve quality. As payments to hospitals shrink and the cost of technology skyrockets, it’s becoming even more cost-effective for community hospitals to work with academic medical centers to develop new approaches to delivering specialty care.