SOURCE: North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System

North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System

September 17, 2015 12:41 ET

Westchester Health Associates Signs Letter of Intent to Join North Shore-LIJ

KATONAH, NY--(Marketwired - September 17, 2015) - The North Shore-LIJ Health System and Westchester Health Associates announced today that they have signed a letter of intent for the 130 provider-physician practice to join the health system, increasing North Shore-LIJ's presence in Westchester County.

The letter of intent allows North Shore-LIJ and Westchester Health Associates to enter into exclusive negotiations, with a goal of executing a final agreement this fall for the physicians of Westchester Health Associates to partner with the health system in support of their shared commitment to quality and enhancing the patient experience.

"Westchester Health Associates is a premier medical group whose physicians are leaders in population health management. Thanks to its high-quality, efficient practice, the group has become a pioneer in value-based and risk contracting," said Thomas McGinn, MD, chair of medicine at the North Shore-LIJ Health System, who will work closely with the group. "In addition to its many clinical specialists, Westchester Health Associates has a large presence of primary care physicians in the northern suburbs, which will help build on the North Shore-LIJ's population health efforts to improve the coordination of care for our patients."

"We hope to continue to grow our ambulatory services footprint throughout Westchester County, New York, western Connecticut and beyond by aligning with the North Shore-LIJ Health System," said Peter Mercurio, MD, President and CEO of Westchester Health Associates. "North Shore-LIJ shares our mission to deliver compassionate, community based care of the highest quality and our vision that we be a part of a comprehensive patient-centered healthcare system that improves the health of our population and sets the standard for the region." In a reflection of the quality of the integrated care provided by the physician practice, the National Committee for Quality Assurance Physician Practice Connections has designated Westchester Health Associates as a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home, the highest recognition for a medical group.

About North Shore-LIJ Health System -- North Shore-LIJ is changing its name to Northwell Health in January 2016.
One of the nation's largest health systems, the health system delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, and healthcare coverage to individuals, families and businesses through the CareConnect Insurance Co. Inc. The health system cares for people at every stage of life at 21 hospitals and about 450 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. The health system's owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,600 beds, employ more than 13,300 nurses and have affiliations with about 10,300 physicians. With a workforce of more than 61,000, the health system is the largest private employer in New York State. For more information, go to www.northshorelij.com

About Westchester Health Associates

With 39 offices throughout Westchester County and Stamford, CT, Westchester Health Associates is a full-service medical group with a large primary care practice, as well as specialists in: allergy/immunology, cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, gynecology and obstetrics, hand surgery, neurology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pain management, pediatrics, physical therapy, plastic surgery, podiatry, sports medicine and urology.

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