The Wyoming County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 accepted the recommendation of the Wyoming County Community Health System (“WCCHS”) Board of Managers and authorized CEO Donald Eichenauer to sign an administrative services agreement with Erie County Medical Center Corporation (ECMCC). WCCHS’s Board of Managers noted the importance of this decision to strengthen and reposition the hospital for the future.
Donald Eichenauer, WCCHS CEO, said, “Like most community hospitals, the path to survival in an ever-evolving health care market will be enhanced by relationships with larger facilities that are able to support the community hospital with administrative and provider resources they are not able to obtain independently. It is WCCHS’s objective to take advantage of the opportunities provided by ECMCC and its affiliation with Kaleida Health and the University at Buffalo through their mutual partnership in Great Lakes Health System, which will provide better access to a wide range of health care services at WCCHS; we will now look at the necessary steps towards a future management agreement with ECMCC,”
In recent years, as WCCHS has expanded its services, it has developed relationships with high-quality providers from the Buffalo area, many of which have relationships with ECMCC and/or Kaleida Health. These include Dr. Lindsey Clark, who provides orthopaedic services at WCCHS through UBMD; Dr. John Karpie and Dr. Paul Mason with the Buffalo Orthopaedic Group who also provide orthopaedic services at WCCHS; and Western New York Urology Associates, which is a Kaleida Health entity. In addition, new agreements are currently being finalized, provided through existing agreements with ECMCC or Kaleida Health-related providers, which will result in enhanced Ear, Nose and Throat, Allergy and Nephrology Services at WCCHS.
The Board of WCCHS was also impressed with ECMCC’s experience and knowledge related to the governmental and human resources requirements of WCCHS as both ECMCC and WCCHS have employees who are represented by the Civil Service Employees Association, Inc. (CSEA) and although an independent Public Benefit Corporation since 2004, ECMCC has recent experience as one of the remaining county-owned hospitals in the State.
Thomas J. Quatroche Jr., Ph., ECMCC President and CEO, said, “ECMCC is excited with the Board’s decision, which will permit ECMCC to work closely with WCCHS and share best practices and scale that will create cost reductions and efficiencies. Importantly, through this agreement, we will integrate our health care service teams to identify opportunities to share practices that will enhance and strengthen the delivery of quality health care services to patients across the entire organization.”
Douglas Berwanger, Chairman of the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors, said, “Through a deliberate and careful process over several months, the necessary steps have been taken toward an administrative services agreement with ECMCC that will maintain the financial viability of WCCHS and preserve quality health care at the hospital well into the future.”
As part of the new relationship, ECMC will also be working with WCCHS to provide upgraded administrative and financial management resources and support.
WCCHS had a previous collaboration agreement with UR Medicine of Rochester since October 2012, which has been very beneficial to WCCHS and anticipates having a continued positive relationship with UR Medicine and the services and providers it supplies to the hospital.
About Wyoming County Community Health System
Wyoming County Community Hospital is a 62 bed rural, acute-care hospital accredited by The Joint Commission. It is located in Western New York and is the sole inpatient provider for Wyoming County, which has a population of approximately 44,000. In addition to an Acute Care Hospital, its services include an attached 138 bed Nursing Home, Adult Day Health Care, and Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit. Wyoming County Hospital has approximately 3,000 inpatient admissions per year and 14,000 ED visits per year.
Our mission is to provide outstanding healthcare services and to have a positive impact on the health of our rural community. Visit our website at www.wcchs.net or like us on Facebook.
About Erie County Medical Center Corporation
The ECMC Corporation was established as a New York State Public Benefit Corporation and since 2004 has included an advanced academic medical center with 602 inpatient beds, on- and off-campus health centers, more than 30 outpatient specialty care services and Terrace View, a 390-bed long-term care facility. ECMC is Western New York’s only Level 1 Adult Trauma Center, as well as a regional center for burn care, behavioral health services, transplantation, medical oncology and head & neck cancer care, rehabilitation and a major teaching facility for the University at Buffalo. Most ECMC physicians, dentists and pharmacists are dedicated faculty members of the university and/or members of a private practice plan. More Western New York residents are choosing ECMC for exceptional patient care and patient experiences—the difference between healthcare and true careTM.
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