he Winthrop South Nassau University Health System, Inc. and Catholic Health Services of Long Island have formed a joint venture to sponsor and secure the futures of two community hospitals - Massapequa General Hospital in Seaford and Mid-Island Hospital in Bethpage. In this first major cooperative
initiative, both facilities will be converted to not-for-profit status, while continuing to provide inpatient, outpatient, and emergency medical services. The new plan will also make possible the introduction of new programs, and is intended to equip the hospitals to effectively anticipate and respond to new developments in healthcare delivery and patient care.
The joint venture is subject to legal and regulatory approvals by the courts and regulatory bodies. The move was announced on February 3, l998.
Both Mid-Island Hospital, licensed for 223 beds, and Massapequa General Hospital, licensed for 122 beds, previously had formed clinical affiliations with Winthrop.
The Winthrop South Nassau and Catholic Services consist of eight hospitals in Nassau and Suffolk, with a total of 2,725 beds - about one-third of all licensed Long Island
"We now have the premier choice on Long Island in terms of the hospitals represented in our larger network. We are well-positioned geographically, financially, and quality-wise to preserve healthcare services...The strength of the new partnership clearly identifies the potential for the development of a high-quality healthcare delivery system with a
significant presence in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties," states Martin J. Delaney, President and CEO of Winthrop.
Member institutions of the Winthrop South Nassau University Health System are Winthrop-University Hospital and South Nassau Communities Hospital (Oceanside), and Catholic Health Services, which is composed of Good Samaritan Hospital (West Islip); Mercy Medical Center (Rockville Centre); St. Francis Hospital- The Heart Center (Roslyn); and St. Charles Hospital and Rehabilitation Center (Port Jefferson). St. Charles also has an integrated joint venture with John T. Mather Memorial Hospital (Port Jefferson), and Catholic Health Services is linked with more than 75 health and human services sites in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
In a move to formalize the leadership of the Winthrop South Nassau University Health System, Inc., the Executive Committees of Winthrop-University Hospital and South Nassau Communities Hospital voted unanimously to appoint Winthrop's President and CEO, Martin J. Delaney, as President and Chief Executive Officer of the System, and Joseph A. Quagliata, Chief Administrative Officer at South Nassau Communities Hospital, as the System's Chief Financial Officer.
In accepting his new position, Mr. Delaney observed, "The fact that the Winthrop South Nassau University Health System's mission is so compatible with that of Catholic Health Services provided the impetus for our systems to unite and develop a plan to preserve healthcare services in the communities currently served by Massapequa and Mid-Island."