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  •  Rome Memorial Hospital Affiliates with St. Joseph’s Health to Expand Access to Care

    Rome Memorial Hospital and St. Joseph’s Health are pleased to announce they have finalized an affiliation agreement entering into a collaborative relationship in pursuit of mutual goals to expand patient access to needed services in the community, announced RMH President/Chief Executive Officer David Lundquist and St. Joseph’s President and CEO Leslie Paul Luke.

    “St. Joseph’s Health shares our commitment to providing patients with high-quality, patient-centered care that is coordinated and easily accessible,” said Lundquist. “The signing of the affiliation agreement provides the principles for RMH to work together with St. Joseph’s Health in collaboration to deliver the highest level of quality healthcare services to meet the needs of our patients.”

    “We are very excited about our relationship with Rome Memorial Hospital because it creates a seamless connection between our healthcare systems, improving patients’ access to the highest level of care,” said Luke, who succeeded Kathy Ruscitto as St. Joseph’s president and CEO. “St. Joseph’s and RMH share the mutual goal of making health care more accessible in local communities by coordinating resources.”

    RMH and St. Joseph’s announced plans to affiliate less than a year ago and progress has already been made toward creating a regional integrated health care delivery network. RMH and its affiliated physician practices joined St. Joseph’s Accountable Care Organization and Clinically Integrated Network, which were formed to achieve healthcare’s “Triple Aim” to improve the patient experience of care, improve the health of populations, and reduce the per capita cost of health care.

    “Ranked among the top hospitals in the nation for heart surgery, St. Joseph’s is recognized for its focus on expanding community-based primary care to improve the overall health of the people it serves,” Lundquist said. “Working with St. Joseph’s will provide our own physicians and staff with much needed support and resources to ensure that our patients have access to a full continuum of services.”

    “The collaboration will also enhance the coordination of care for our patients so it is easier for them to navigate the healthcare system. Whether they receive care here close to home or need more specialized care, they will be reassured knowing we have the resources within the collaborative network to provide the care they need,” Lundquist said.

    “Delivering high quality care in home communities is best for the patient,” said Luke. “When open heart surgery or tertiary care is needed and a patient must come to St. Joseph’s, our partners will have a direct connection to our award-winning services, which will help them provide their patients with the best care possible in their home communities.”

    RMH will continue to operate as an independent, separately licensed hospital with community representatives providing strong local governance. The hospital’s employees and physicians will continue their tradition of providing exceptional care to their patients.

    “The hospital’s Board of Trustees and executive leadership team are excited to build a relationship with St. Joseph’s because we share the same commitment to deliver exceptional care for our patients and their families,” Lundquist said.

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    About Rome Memorial Hospital
    Rome Memorial Hospital, Inc., (RMH) Rome Memorial Hospital is a non-profit health care system based in Rome, N.Y., providing services to patients throughout Central New York. From primary care to long-term care, Rome Memorial Hospital delivers quality, compassionate medical care for every stage of life to advance the health of our community. With its specialized Senior Behavioral Health Unit and Residential Health Care Facility, the hospital has become recognized as a valuable resource for senior services. Ranked among the top 20 percent of skilled nursing facilities by the New York State Nursing Home Quality Initiative for three consecutive years, the hospital has also been honored as a Quality Leader for delivering high-quality safe patient care. Rome Memorial Hospital is an affiliate of St. Joseph’s Health.

    About St. Joseph’s Health
    St. Joseph’s Health is a non-profit regional health care system based in Syracuse, N.Y., providing services to patients throughout Central New York and northern Pennsylvania. From primary to specialty to home care, to our Magnet-recognized hospital, and in collaboration with our community partners, St. Joseph's Health is advancing the health of the communities we serve through an expanding range of healthcare services to ensure our patients achieve optimum long-term health. Ranked by Consumer Reports among the top 15 heart surgery centers in the country, U.S. News “Best Regional Hospital” and a 15-time winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice award, St. Joseph’s is widely recognized for quality, value and delivering the highest patient satisfaction. St. Joseph’s Health is affiliated with Franciscan Companies and St. Joseph’s Physicians and is a part of Trinity Health.