The agreement, signed by North Shore-LIJ President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Dowling and Phelps Chair Richard Sinni, was previously approved by the Phelps board of directors and the North Shore-LIJ board of yrustees. Phelps becomes North Shore-LIJ’s 18th hospital and expands the health system’s presence beyond New York City and Long Island into Westchester County. Phelps is a 58-year-old hospital with a rich legacy of exceptional care. Annually, the 238-bed hospital and its nearly 1,700 employees care for more than 8,000 inpatients and about 325,000 outpatients, including more than 26,000 emergency visits. The addition of Phelps’ 1,700 employees increases North Shore-LIJ’s workforce to about 50,000 – the largest private employer in New York state. “As exciting as it is for North Shore-LIJ to move beyond its traditional service area of Long Island and the City of New York, the true beneficiaries of this new relationship will be the thousands of individuals and families in Westchester County who entrust their care to Phelps Memorial Hospital,” said Dowling. “We are committed to strengthening and expanding the clinical services that Phelps provides, ensuring that the hospital will continue to fulfill its mission as a full-service community hospital.” As part of the agreement, North Shore-LIJ will invest in infrastructure improvements and clinical program expansion at Phelps. “We are excited to be joining an organization that shares our vision for care in the future and has the resources to help us achieve our goals,” said Sinni. “The partnership will ensure that Phelps will be able to continue to provide quality care to our community, now and in the future.”
With a formal agreement signed, North Shore-LIJ will proceed to secure all necessary approvals to finalize the relationship, which is expected to occur later this fall.
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