Stony Brook (N.Y.) University Hospital and Southampton (N.Y.) Hospital can move forward with a proposed affiliation agreement after a unanimous vote at the State University of New York board of trustees meeting in Albany, according to a Jan. 13 news release.
The affiliation will enable the two hospitals to work more closely to improve healthcare quality and access, coordination and efficiency for patient care, the release said.
“There is still work to be done, but this is an extraordinarily important first step,” said Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, president, Stony Brook University. “For both Southampton Hospital and for Stony Brook University Hospital, this is a win-win in every sense of the word. We are taking two very strong institutions and strengthening both of them through this action.”
The two hospitals have been formally affiliated since 2008, as recommended by the Berger Commission Report issued by New York State Department of Health in 2006. They have been working collaboratively to provide healthcare services to the South Fork of Long Island, with services that are complementary in nature. In August 2012, leadership from both institutions signed a non-binding letter of intent to strengthen that affiliation in which the 125-bed Southampton facility would join the Stony Brook Medicine healthcare system. And Stony Brook School of Medicine has joint clinical and academic programs with Southampton Hospital.
“The future of medicine on Long Island will change for the better through this affiliation,” Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, MACP, senior vice president for health sciences and dean of the Stony Brook University School of Medicine, said in the release.
The planned collaboration will allow the two hospitals to work even more closely together to improve healthcare quality and access, coordinate care and improve efficiency for their patients through shared resources and managing the flow of patients between the two facilities.
The affiliation will also expand and enrich clinical training sites to support growing class sizes of Stony Brook’s undergraduate and graduate medicine training programs and nursing and health technology programs, the release said. It also may expand access to potential clinical trial participants to further medical research and innovation.