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Newburgh, NY (October 5, 2015) —St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) announced today that they will join Montefiore Health System (MHS). St. Luke’s will enter into a passive parent relationship, with Montefiore as the parent organization. Pending regulatory approval, the partnership would strengthen delivery of health care locally and enhance access to exceptional specialty care for Hudson Valley residents. 
    
“Our partnership with St. Luke’s will improve the health of the people in the Hudson Valley region,” said Steven M. Safyer, M.D., President and CEO of Montefiore Health System. “St. Luke’s has a strong leadership team in place that is aligned with Montefiore in our fundamental values and approach to providing the highest quality of care. The partnership brings the best of academic medicine and will strengthen the coordination of care. This represents the new benchmark for healthcare delivery.”

SLCH embarked on the search for a strategic partner in early 2014, one that would look to enhance the services already provided, and to prepare the organization for the anticipated changes in health care delivery.

“Montefiore shares our vision of community health care,” said Joan Cusack-McGuirk, Interim President and CEO of SLCH. “Our neighbors will continue to receive the same great care from the same dedicated doctors, nurses and staff, only with greater access to specialty care,  expanding our ability to do more for them. We are confident that by becoming part of Montefiore Health System, we will be able to serve our community in a more effective and efficient manner, producing better health outcomes for the 250,000 patients we treat every year.”

The SLCH Board of Trustees will remain intact, comprised of its existing community leaders.  Joining the Board will be three members-at-large from MHS.

The partnership has been approved by the Boards of both MHS and SLCH and is pending regulatory review and approval by the Federal Trade Commission.

About Montefiore Health System
Montefiore is a premier academic health system and the University Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Combining nationally-recognized clinical excellence with a population health perspective that focuses on the comprehensive needs of the communities it serves, Montefiore delivers coordinated, compassionate, science-driven care where, when and how patients need it most. Montefiore consists of eight hospitals and an extended care facility with a total of 2,747 beds, a School of Nursing, and state-of-the-art primary and specialty care provided through a network of more than 150 locations across the region, including the largest school health program in the nation and a home health program.  The Children's Hospital at Montefiore is consistently named in U.S. News' "America's Best Children's Hospitals."  Montefiore's partnership with Einstein advances clinical and translational research to accelerate the pace at which new discoveries become the treatments and therapies that benefit patients. The health system derives its inspiration for excellence from its patients and community, and continues to be on the frontlines of developing innovative approaches to care.  For more information please visit http://www.montefiore.org. Follow us on Twitter; like us on Facebook; view us on YouTube.

About St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital
St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) is a not-for-profit community hospital with campuses in Newburgh and Cornwall, NY. The hospital is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the Hudson Valley and has achieved excellence in the delivery of compassionate and comprehensive health care services.  SLCH has received the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award for five consecutive years. The Joint Commission noted SLCH for excellence in Key Quality Measures in management of Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Stroke and Surgical Care. SLCH is also recognized as an industry leader in using information technology to improve patient care, by winning the Most Wired Award for the second year in a row.