Affiliate’s merger won’t impact Rome Health operations
ROME — A merger between St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse and St. Peter’s Health Partners in Albany will have no effect on operations at Rome Health, according to hospital officials.
Rome Health President and Chief Executive Officer AnneMarie W. Czyz said the announcement that St. Joseph’s Health and St. Peter’s Health Partners in Albany are coming together as a single ministry under Trinity Health, will not have a direct impact on Rome Health.
“Rome Health is an independent hospital governed by our own local board of trustees. As an ‘affiliate’ of St. Joseph’s Health, Rome Health is in a unique position,” said Czyz. “We have the ability to collaborate with regional and national health system resources, while at the same time retaining the flexibility and agility of an independent community health system.”
St. Joseph’s Health announced Wednesday that it is merging with St. Peter’s Health Partners in Albany to weather the negative financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Representatives of Trinity Health, which owns both hospital systems, stated they are consolidating both health systems into a single regional operation to “create a more efficient, cost-effective and integrated health system.”
“Nationwide, hospitals are experiencing broad shifts in patient volumes, staffing challenges including high-cost agency contracts and increasing supply and pharmacy costs,” Trinity said in a statement.
Trinity acquired St. Joseph’s Hospital in 2015. Trinity, headquartered in Michigan, operates 92 hospitals in 22 states.
Les Luke, president and CEO of St Joseph’s, stated he will voluntarily leave after a transition period. Trinity said Luke has been the principal architect of the regional consolidation and organization design.
Luke joined St. Joseph’s in 2017.
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