EXCLUSIVE: Lutheran announces partnership with NYU Langone

November 18, 2014 Meaghan McGoldrick
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The executive boards of both New York University Langone and Lutheran HealthCare met on Monday, November 17 and have voted unanimously to partner – a move that could dramatically change the healthcare landscape in Brooklyn.

The “win-win” partnership was first announced by Lutheran HealthCare President and CEO Wendy Goldstein at the hospital’s annual Business Partners Reception on Monday, November 3 in Sunset Park’s Industry City and, just two weeks later, support for the partnership swept both boards.

“We have been working closely with Lutheran over the last several months to assess whether a partnership between our institutions would benefit each of our organizations, the Brooklyn community and, most importantly, the patients and families who turn to us for help,” said Robert Grossman, MD, dean and CEO of NYU Langone on Tuesday, November 18 when the agreement was announced. “Today’s agreement publicly confirms our confidence that an affiliation will allow both of our institutions to collaborate and share best practices to better meet the healthcare needs of the communities we serve.”

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“Our talks with NYU Langone have been successful because of the great respect they have for Lutheran and what we have built over the years,” said Goldstein. “We are proud of the fact that we have created and continue to foster an extraordinarily effective and efficient delivery system that succeeds because of our ability to deliver low-cost, high-quality care.”

According to Lutheran, the agreement paves the way for both institutions to address the changing healthcare environment, as payment reform has shifted the focus from hospital-based care to a greater emphasis on community-based care.

The two hope to provide an opportunity to respond to this changing landscape and stabilize healthcare delivery in Brooklyn by creating a fully integrated delivery system, extending access to world-class ambulatory care and focusing on key programmatic initiatives, among other goals.

“Partnering will ultimately provide Lutheran and its patients with increased access to the world-renowned, high-quality services that are the hallmark of NYU Langone, and will serve to strengthen the excellent services we currently provide,” said Goldstein.

While NYU Langone and Lutheran are already operating as partners for patients being seen at NYU Langone-Cobble Hill, NYU Langone’s freestanding emergency department at the site of the former Long Island College Hospital, the two facilities hope to develop services further at the location, including the establishment of a new emergency and ambulatory care center.

According to a source at Lutheran, the hospitals will file a Certificate of Need by the end of the week and – if given proper approval – the partnership should have Active Parent Status by May of next year.

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