WCA Welcomes NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System to Westchester
JUNE 26, 2015
NYP Brings New Jobs and Complements the Region’s World-Class Care
The sea change in Westchester County’s healthcare landscape over the past 12 months has been augmented by the notable partnerships established between NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and two community hospitals here: Bronxville’s Lawrence Hospital, and Hudson Valley Hospital in Cortlandt. As Laura L. Forese, MD, MPH, president of NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System put it: “We’re changing the way healthcare is delivered. Our new relationships offer opportunities to bring access to our world-class services in New York to the local communities.”
To recognize the investment NewYork-Presbyterian has made in Westchester, the Westchester County Association hosted a special reception on June 18th at the Westchester Country Club, attended by key political leaders and healthcare and business executives. Over 150 people attended.
WCA Chairman William Mooney, Jr., thanked NY-P officials including Dr. Forese and Robert E. Kelly, MD, President of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, for their commitment.
“Thank you for creating jobs here, and thank you for your confidence in Westchester,” he said. “Our entire community appreciates your bringing world-class healthcare to Westchester County.” Mooney noted that the WCA looked forward to a continued and collaborative relationship with the NewYork-Presbyterian network of hospitals, continuing care facilities and specialty institutes—on issues affecting the healthcare sector, the largest economic engine in the Westchester region.
In her remarks, Dr. Forese said her organization would continue to add jobs in Westchester. She also spoke about the new network, which includes affiliations with the Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. “We enter our ventures as partners,” she emphasized. “We’ve also created the NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group, which provides seamless connections to Columbia doctors. We all deserve to have seamless care.”
Dr. Kelly explained that hospitals today experience difficulty “standing on their own,” and that the expansion of NewYork-Presbyterian in Westchester signified a marriage of the healthcare system’s technical expertise to the exemplary care already being delivered in Westchester.
“The citizens of Westchester are the winners,” he said. “You can count on us being good citizens—and we'll be there for the citizens of Westchester County."
The reception was hosted by the WCA and its Hudson Valley Healthcare Consortium, which strive to keep Westchester County and the region ahead of the rapidly changing healthcare curve. Among the evening’s attendees were representatives from the offices of Sen. Kirsten Gillebrand, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and the Westchester County Board of Legislators.