(DEC. 19 – New York City / Ridgewood, NJ) Mount Sinai Health System and Valley Health System today announced plans to collaborate on clinical programs, research and educational initiatives. New York City-based Mount Sinai comprises seven hospitals and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Valley Health System, headquartered in Ridgewood, New Jersey, includes The Valley Hospital, Valley Home Care and Valley Medical Group.
While both organizations will remain independent, they will work together to:
· Enhance patient care by establishing new clinical programs and services;
· Participate in research initiatives to advance education and medical science;
· Establish clinical information system linkages that would enhance quality, continuity and evaluation of care;
· Identify opportunities for Valley physicians to obtain academic appointments at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine;
· Recruit future doctors in accordance with new program development at Valley; and
· Participate in the development of a clinically integrated physician network for the delivery of high-quality, cost-efficient care.
“We are proud to welcome Valley Health System as an affiliate of the Mount Sinai Health System and the Icahn School of Medicine,” said Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and CEO of the Mount Sinai Health System. “We recognize the high quality of healthcare that Valley Health System has traditionally provided and see many opportunities as we partner in creating the foremost healthcare system in the metropolitan New York region.”
“We are proud to enter into a new academic and clinical alliance that will benefit our community through collaborative clinical programs and services,” said Audrey Meyers, President and CEO of Valley Health System. “We look forward to working together to enhance Valley’s research and clinical services. The end result will be expanded healthcare services for northern New Jersey residents.”
“The best way to better serve our patients is to work with key strategic partners and we are proud to enter into this relationship with Valley Health System as our network of affiliated medical providers continues to grow,” said Arthur Klein, MD, President of the Mount Sinai Health Network.
To oversee the development of joint initiatives for clinical services, research initiatives and educational programs, a Mount Sinai Associate Dean will be appointed.
About Mount Sinai Health System
The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven member hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health system has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services – from community-based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care. The System includes approximately 6,600 primary and specialty care physicians, 12-minority-owned free-standing ambulatory surgery centers, over 45 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester and Long Island, as well as 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health funding and by U.S. News & World Report.
About Valley Health System
Valley Health System is a regional healthcare system that employs close to 5,000 people and serves more than 500,000 residents in northern New Jersey and southern New York. It includes The Valley Hospital, a 451-bed, not-for-profit, regional acute-care hospital that has been consistently recognized for quality care and patient satisfaction; Valley Home Care, a home care and hospice agency; and Valley Medical Group, a multispecialty group practice of more than 200 doctors and advanced practice professionals representing over 40 medical and surgical specialties who practice at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, Valley’s Blumenthal Cancer Center in Paramus, eight urgent and primary care centers in New Jersey and New York and many community-based physician practices throughout the region.