WCA Healthcare Consortium
The Hudson Valley Healthcare Consortium
An outgrowth of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Healthcare Reform, the Westchester County Association created the Hudson Valley Healthcare Consortium to engage the healthcare community and the business community in preparing for a wave of change in the wake of health care reform. More than 50 WCA members – leaders representing the healthcare, business, academic, and insurance sectors -- belong to the consortium, and its ranks are growing.
The group’s initial goal is to establish a planning process and set expectations to create the best model to deliver high-quality, cost-effective healthcare to residents of Westchester and the region.
- The planning process will be data-driven, thanks to research efforts by a vibrant academic subcommittee that includes leading healthcare experts from Fordham Westchester, Iona College, Mercy College, and Pace University.
The Healthcare Consortium’s unique collaborative approach is seen by healthcare experts as a national model for how a community can come together to think about its future.
“Traditionally, advocacy entities for the general business community and advocacy entities for healthcare providers have been separate and apart,” explains Amy Allen, Managing Director of Advocacy for the WCA. “What’s more, different branches of healthcare – hospitals, physicians, homecare, and other providers – are accustomed to advocating on their own behalf. The Consortium is a unique opportunity to understand the dynamics facing each key stakeholder, and create solutions that can benefit all.”
Current Consortium members include hospitals, large physician groups, home care agencies, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, insurers, trade associations, academic institutions, and business.