Rochester Regional Health and St. Lawrence Health System recently signed a nonbinding letter of intent to negotiate an affiliation agreement between the two entities.
RRH seeks to enhance lives and preserve health by enabling access to an integrated network of quality, affordable care.
“That mission is an outstanding fit for our communities in the St. Lawrence Valley,” said David Acker, SLHS president and CEO. “We have always believed that our patients deserve nothing less than leading-edge health care and they should not have to travel far to get it. Partnering with RRH allows SLHS to continue to elevate the standard of care delivered right here in our communities.”
“We are thrilled to be working toward an affiliation with SLHS,” said Eric Bieber, RRH president and CEO. “We are committed to working collaboratively with SLHS to preserve and expand the high quality primary and specialty care that is needed in the communities that St. Lawrence Health has been serving so well for generations.”
Acker said RRH’s focus on its civic connection to the communities it serves made it the clear choice for a strategic affiliation partner.
“RRH prioritizes personalized patient care and community relationships,” Bieber said. “RRH is committed to continuing our track record for strengthening not only the hospitals and health systems with which we affiliate, but also the communities those hospitals serve.”
In 2017, SLHS started a process of evaluating potential strategic partnerships that could enhance opportunities and access in its region. The objectives are to bring additional medical services to its community to prevent the need to travel for specialty care; source talented and knowledgeable managers and leaders while developing an internal pipeline of employees to be future leaders; implement clinical, financial and operational best practices to drive measurable improvements in quality, patient satisfaction and financial results; and improve its record of recruiting and retaining high quality physicians to meet community needs.
“Several potential partners recognized SLHS’s value and shared our vision for elevating the level of care in the St. Lawrence Valley,” Acker said. “Board members and executives traveled to potential, qualified partner health systems, and evaluated the extent to which a partnership would meet our patients’ needs, fit with our community’s culture as well as our own mission to provide exceptional health care in northern New York. RRH was the clear choice.”
“RRH is looking forward to working closely with the SLHS leadership team on this strategic affiliation,” Bieber said.
This letter of intent means RRH and SLHS agree to work toward a final, definitive agreement to be signed by the end of 2018. Throughout the next few months, both parties will engage in additional due diligence and discussions to work toward a definitive agreement. While any final agreement is subject to customary regulatory and board review and approval, hospital leaders hope to implement the final agreement no later than the fall of 2019. RRH and SLHS will keep its stakeholders and community updated as there are developments to share.