WCCHS Approves Collaboration with URMC
Wyoming County Community Health Systemʼs Board of Managers has unanimously approved moving forward with a collaboration agreement with the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and has authorized Donald Eichenauer, CEO of WCCHS, to negotiate the terms of that agreement.
This decision is the culmination of an effort begun in 2011, whereby Wyoming County officials, WCCHS Board of Managers, and the medical staff of the health facility began a search for a collaboration partner that could provide assistance to better serve patients in Wyoming County.
Eichenauer states, “It was ultimately decided that URMC is in a unique position in upstate New York to assist us by filling gaps in specialty care, providing administrative expertise as we face the challenges of healthcare reform, and enabling us to provide more comprehensive care to Wyoming County residents here at our Warsaw facility. Healthcare systems are increasingly working together to gain efficiencies by sharing physicians and other service providers in order to address declining reimbursements and difficulties in obtaining specialty providers in rural areas.”
“There was consensus by the medical staff in the decision to move forward with URMC as our partner in providing care to this community,” says Dr. Daniel Zerbe, Chairman of the Medical Staff at WCCHS.
Steven I. Goldstein, URMC Vice President for Administration says, “Amid a tsunami of change, health care providers must work together differently than in the past. URMC is very excited about the opportunity to collaborate with Wyoming County Community Health System and its physicians to improve access, quality, and cost-efficiency in both of our systems.”
WCCHS also announced they have a grant for $170,000 from the State of New York through HEAL NY to pay for consulting costs related to analysis and support for planning the collaboration efforts.
Keirsten Shaffer, Publicist