4/2/2015

UVM Health Network Votes to Pursue Affiliation with Alice Hyde Medical Center

Five Hospital Affiliation would include Alice Hyde Medical Center, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, Elizabethtown Community Hospital, Central Vermont Medical Center and UVM Medical Center


The UVM Health Network Board of Trustees voted yesterday to enter into a formal affiliation with Alice Hyde Medical Center and expand its network to include a total of five hospitals in Northern New York and Vermont.

Pending due diligence and regulatory approval, Alice Hyde Medical Center will become the fifth hospital in The University of Vermont Health Network joining:
  • The University of Vermont Medical Center
  • The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center
  • The University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital
  • The University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital
In voting to pursue this affiliation, Alice Hyde Medical Center will become part of a coordinated, highly integrated health care system focused on improving quality, increasing access and lowering costs of health care in the communities served by the hospitals in Vermont and New York.
 
“Becoming a part of The University of Vermont Health Network is a wonderful opportunity for Alice Hyde Medical Center and the thousands of North Country residents we serve,” said Douglas F. DiVello, MPH, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Alice Hyde Medical Center. “For the past 18 years, Alice Hyde has been an affiliate of Fletcher Allen - now The University of Vermont Medical Center - and has seen the tremendous benefits of this collaboration. Formalizing and extending this partnership will expand our communities’ access to high quality services closer to home.”
 
The vote to bring Alice Hyde Medical Center into the Network strengthens and formalizes the Malone institution’s relationship with CVPH and The University of Vermont Medical Center. It will build upon the existing collaboration through which cardiology, vascular surgery, and pulmonology providers are making services available in Malone, and continue the many years of clinical affiliation that Alice Hyde Medical Center has had with The University of Vermont Medical Center, formerly Fletcher Allen Health Care.
 
“This is an exciting new milestone in the long collaborative relationship between The University of Vermont Medical Center and Alice Hyde Medical Center,” said John Brumsted, M.D., President and CEO of The University of Vermont Health Network and CEO of The University of Vermont Medical Center. “The health care services they provide to the people in the region they serve will bring added value to the network, which in turn, will give the hospital access to more resources to augment that care.”
 
Under this new relationship, Alice Hyde will become UVM Health Network - Alice Hyde Medical Center while remaining a free standing hospital with its own board, management, workforce, licensure, medical staff and endowment. It will be subject to the Network’s oversight and have representation on the Network’s Board of Trustees. Alice Hyde representatives will participate in developing and implementing system-wide initiatives and programs that promote their shared objectives such as:
  • increasing access and improving the quality of health care services through joint clinical initiatives,
  • centralizing administrative functions to reduce costs and improve efficiency,
  • engaging in regional planning to address regional health care needs,
  • integrating clinical services to improve quality and access.
“Every day we see the positive results of this collaborative effort. Together we are indeed stronger. The addition of Alice Hyde Medical Center to our Network presents new opportunities to improve the quality of care provided in our region,” explained Stephens Mundy, President and CEO of Community Providers, Inc. and UVM Health Network - CVPH.
 
Since its inception in 2012, the Network has proven to be an effective partnership:
  • Saving $6,000,000 in Network-wide expenses
  • Integrating Cardiovascular Services across the Network to improve quality and offer services as close to home as possible and,
  • Launching a Family Medicine Residency Program that will ultimately improve access across the region to primary care
It is expected that the affiliation will be finalized by the end of 2015.
 
About Alice Hyde Medical Center
Alice Hyde Medical Center is a private, not-for-profit hospital located in Malone, NY. Established in 1913, Alice Hyde Medical Center is comprised of a 76-bed acute care facility, a 75-bed long term care facility, four family health centers, a walk-in clinic, cancer center, orthopedic and physical rehabilitation center, cardiac rehabilitation unit, and a dental center. The medical center provides a 24-hour MD staffed emergency department, laboratory, a full array of surgical services, and a wide range of outpatient services. For over 100 years, Alice Hyde Medical Center has been providing high-quality, low-cost health care to the more than 55,000 residents of the North Country. In early 2015, Alice Hyde will open The Alice Center, a new, state of the art 135-bed skilled nursing facility with a 30-bed Assisted Living Program. The facility will replace the two current aging skilled care facilities located in Malone, and is the first such facility to be constructed in Franklin County. Alice Hyde Medical Center is governed by a 13-member Board of Directors, and is accredited by the Joint Commission. Learn more at www.alicehyde.com.
 
About UVM Health Network - Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital
The UVM Health Network - Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, a subsidiary of Community Partners, Inc. (CPI), is a private, not-for-profit hospital providing top quality health care to the people of the North Country. Established in 1967 with the merger of Champlain Valley and Physicians Hospitals, CVPH is the largest employer and health provider in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties. Services include an award winning cardiac services program, accredited cancer center, freestanding ambulatory surgery center, comprehensive rehabilitation services and a 24 hour physician-staffed Emergency Care Center. In 2012, CPI joined Fletcher Allen Partners which in 2014 became The University of Vermont Health Network, a four-hospital system working together to provide better access to high-quality, cost-effective care for patients. CVPH is governed by a 15-member Board of Directors, accredited by the Joint Commission licensed by New York State and Medicare/Medicaid Approved. Learn more at UVMHealth.org/CVPH or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
 
About the University of Vermont Health Network
The University of Vermont Health Network is a four hospital system serving the residents of Vermont and northern New York:
  • The University of Vermont Medical Center (formerly Fletcher Allen Health Care)
  • The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center
  • The University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital
  • The University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital
With more than 4,000 health care providers throughout our region, we work together to offer high-quality care more cost-efficiently and as close to home as possible. Strengthened by our academic connection to the University of Vermont, each of our hospitals remains committed to its local community by providing compassionate, personal care shaped by the latest medical advances and delivered by highly skilled experts.

 

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