Syracuse, N.Y. — SUNY Upstate Medical College plans to purchase Crouse Hospital in a transfer that may shake up Syracuse’s well being care market.
Crouse, a nonprofit, will merge into Upstate’s well being system and be renamed Upstate Crouse Hospital below a proposal that have to be accredited by the state.
Crouse’s inpatient and outpatient providers, in addition to its medical observe, will likely be merged into Upstate’s system.
The mixed entity could have greater than 13,000 workers, 1,200 licensed inpatient hospital beds and supply greater than 70 specialties. Upstate stated the deal just isn’t anticipated to lead to any job cuts and workers at each hospitals will proceed to be represented by the identical unions.
Upstate didn’t disclose the monetary phrases of the proposed deal.
Crouse has been working in Syracuse 135 years. It delivers greater than 3,800 infants yearly, greater than every other hospital within the area. It cares for high-risk obstetric sufferers referred by smaller hospitals all through the area. It additionally operates a neonatal intensive care unit.
Crouse has 3,200 workers.
Upstate Medical College is the area’s largest employer with almost 11,000 workers. Its hospital system is understood for specialised providers equivalent to burn and trauma care, stroke care and pediatric providers offered by means of its Golisano Kids’s Hospital.
Upstate is a part of the State College of New York. It has 1,600 college students finding out medication, nursing and different well being professions. Upstate additionally conducts greater than $40 million in funded analysis yearly.
Upstate just lately received state approval to take over a constructing at close by Hutchings Psychiatric Middle the place it’ll present inpatient mental health care for children.
The acquisition will go away Syracuse with simply two basic hospital techniques — Upstate and St. Joseph’s Well being. The town had 4 hospitals till 2011 when Upstate acquired Community General Hospital on Onondaga Hill. That acquisition turned Upstate into town’s largest hospital system.
There was speak of merging Upstate and Crouse for greater than 30 years.
Upstate and Crouse are next-door neighbors. The hospitals are bodily related by a bridge. Many Upstate docs additionally observe at Crouse.
A state fee in 2006 really useful Upstate and Crouse be a part of forces as a part of an effort to create extra effectivity and decrease well being care prices.
That proposal stalled after operating into opposition from hospital officers and unions.
“There was a pure development in our relationship through the years,” Dr. Robert Corona, CEO of Upstate College Hospital, stated in a ready assertion. “Between the 2 organizations, there are various medical providers that complement one another.”
Upstate stated the deal will considerably improve coaching alternatives for college kids in its medical faculty, faculty of well being professions and nursing faculties
The merger might have a big effect on employees, suppliers, sufferers and the various companies that depend on the hospitals for his or her livelihood.
The deal is prone to be scrutinized by the Federal Commerce Fee. That company routinely critiques proposed hospital mergers to find out if they’ll harm competitors and lead to greater costs.
Crouse entered right into a medical affiliation in 2017 with Lengthy Island-based Northwell, one of many county’s largest well being care techniques. Northwell, nonetheless, didn’t purchase Crouse as a part of that affiliation.
St. Joseph’s Hospital Well being Middle in Syracuse was acquired in 2015 by Trinity Well being, one of many nation’s largest well being techniques.
It might take Upstate a number of months to get state approval to purchase Crouse.
Within the meantime, Crouse and Upstate will stay impartial.
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