The latest in a recent trend toward hospital mergers and alliances was announced in Brooklyn on Tuesday, January 30, as Maimonides Medical Center and New York Community Hospital have reached an agreement on partnering together that the two organizations hope will benefit all Brooklyn residents.
“This clinical collaboration agreement brings value to both of our institutions,” said Kenneth Gibbs, president and CEO of Maimonides. “And it will strengthen the latest trend—Brooklyn residents who seek top-level care are staying right here in Brooklyn.”
“Our physicians and our leadership are delighted to be partnering with Maimonides,” said Barry Stern, president and CEO of New York Community Hospital. “Our missions are aligned perfectly—we believe in delivering the highest quality care in a patient-centered setting.”
Maimonides has 711 beds and serves the Sunset Park and Borough Park sections of Brooklyn, with its Cancer Center located between Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights. Maimonides is a major clinical training site for SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, and is an affiliate of Northwell Health. The smaller New York Community Hospital has 134 beds and is located in the Midwood and Madison Park section of Brooklyn.
Both hospitals deal with diverse communities, as Gibbs noted. “Both hospitals serve patients from a broad array of cultures,” he said. “And that shared experience has helped our discussions to evolve naturally, with our teams blending easily.”
This latest partnership announcement came shortly after the announcement that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had awarded nearly $700 million to create Brooklyn One Health, a new unified healthcare system dedicated to increasing the quality of care available to Central Brooklyn, merging Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center, Interfaith Medical Center and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center.
The partnership of the three institutions follows the recommendations found in Northwell Health’s “The Brooklyn Study: Reshaping the Future of Healthcare.”
The funds will contribute to better hospital infrastructure and an integrated and more efficient model of healthcare for Central Brooklyn, an area with limited access to adequate healthcare. The hospitals will also partner with four existing community-based health centers—including Bed Stuy Family Health Center and Brightpoint Health—to expand access to primary and preventative health care services in the area.
Other recent mergers have seen NYU Langone Medical Center absorb Sunset Park’s Lutheran Medical Center and Park Slope’s Methodist Hospital merge with NewYork-Presbyterian.