Noyes Health Announces Intent to Collaborate with URMC
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Amy Pollard, RN, BSN, MPS (left) and Steven I. Goldstein, Vice President for URMC Administration (right)
Noyes Health announced today its intent to enter into a collaborative agreement with the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). Noyes President, Amy Pollard, RN, BSN, MPS and Vice President for URMC Administration, Steven I. Goldstein discussed the collaborative relationship at a press conference on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m., at the Noyes Memorial Hospital’s Conference Center (view video).
“This is an exciting milestone for Noyes Health,” said Pollard. “The relationship will allow us to provide patients with a broader network of providers, and a higher level of specialized care.”
“Noyes Health is a first-rate organization that is blessed with forward thinking leadership and an outstanding medical staff,” Goldstein said. “We are delighted to work together to meet the challenges of health care reform.”
The agreement will allow URMC’s medical specialists to provide patient care and doctor consultations from Noyes’s facilities, which will keep more patients at Noyes, and help to streamline patient care, transfers and referrals. The collaboration will also grant Noyes access to URMC’s expansive clinical and educational resources, best practices, and grand rounds at the Rochester-based medical center.
“Collaborations are critical to improving community healthcare—the industry as a whole is moving in this direction,” added Pollard. “We look forward to a successful, symbiotic relationship, one that will ensure a future of quality healthcare for our community.”
While the formal agreement has not yet been signed, both parties have committed to moving forward with the collaboration process, beginning with a letter of intent. Noyes selected URMC after considering a number of proposals from larger health systems.
Across the country, health systems are considering 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.