PLATTSBURGH — The New York State Department of Health has approved a corporate affiliation between CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh and Elizabethtown Community Hospital through their corporate parent, Community Providers Inc. and Fletcher Allen Partners.
Fletcher Allen Partners is the Vermont-based corporate parent organization of Fletcher Allen Health Care and Central Vermont Medical Center.
The affiliation took effect Tuesday, finalized following a nine-month period of state and federal regulatory reviews that began last March after the organizations gave their initial approvals to proceed.
It is subject to confirmation by the New York Supreme Court, which is expected within 45 days, a press release said.
“Fletcher Allen Partners holds incredible potential for the patients and communities located within the boundaries of this innovative regional approach to addressing health-care needs,” Stephens Mundy, president and CEO of CVPH Medical Center, said in the statement.
“Given our evolving health-care delivery system, now is the time for collaboration in order to achieve the best access to quality care, outcomes and cost effectiveness. We at CVPH could not be happier to affiliate with Fletcher Allen Health Care and Central Vermont Medical Center while continuing our relationship with our sister hospital in Elizabethtown.
“It will be up to all of us to deliver improved health care access to our communities.”
“The affiliation will allow for improved continuity of patient care throughout the region,” said Rod Boula, CEO at Elizabethtown Community Hospital.
“Our facilities will provide seamless and coordinated care by improving access to specialists and information. Patients will ultimately benefit from the strengths of each organization, as each will be working closely with the others.”
“Like Stephens and Rod, I believe that increased collaboration among our hospitals and other providers in the region will benefit our patients,” said Dr. John Brumsted, president and chief executive officer of Fletcher Allen and chief executive officer of Fletcher Allen Partners.
“The affiliation also will foster the academic mission. With an integrated health-care system, we have an opportunity to train the next generation of physicians, nurses and other providers in a clinical environment of the future — one that emphasizes coordination and integration — and to provide expanded opportunities for clinical research.”
Fletcher Allen Partners has governing powers over all of its members, including approval rights over significant matters of each organization, such as budgets, strategic plans and major financial decisions.
Its 27-member Board of Trustees is drawn from the membership of the organizations’ current boards and medical staffs, including 14 members from Fletcher Allen, seven from Community Providers and six from Central Vermont Medical.
Mundy is the executive vice president for northern New York, and Central Vermont Medical President and CEO Judy Tartaglia is the executive vice president of the Vermont Community Hospital Division.
The affiliation is crafted to build on existing clinical partnerships among the institutions. For example, the release said, Fletcher Allen already provides specialized physician services for the Central Vermont community. Fletcher Allen also provides clinical oversight of the heart-surgery program at CVPH Medical Center.
Under the proposed affiliation, the four hospitals would participate with Fletcher Allen Partners in developing and implementing system-wide initiatives and programs that promote their shared objectives, including initiatives that: increase access and improve the quality of health-care services through joint clinical initiatives; centralize administrative functions, such as group purchasing to reduce costs and improve efficiency; engage in regional planning to address regional health-care needs; and explore the development of a common electronic health-record platform over the next three years.
Under the affiliation, each health-care institution retains its own board, management and medical staff.