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Ellis Medicine to Remain Independent

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Press Release

 

Ellis Medicine to Remain Independent

Concluding Extensive, Two-Year Evaluation, Board of Trustees Determines Community is Best Served by Independent Healthcare Organization

                                                                     

Thursday, July 12, 2018
 

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — After a two-year evaluation process, the Board of Trustees of Ellis Medicine is pleased to announce that Ellis will remain an independent hospital and healthcare network rather than affiliating with another healthcare organization.

“The Ellis Board, physician leaders and senior staff have conducted an in-depth, deliberative and comprehensive evaluation and concluded that independence is the best path forward for our community at this time,” said Mark Little, chairman of the Ellis Medicine Board of Trustees, who led the evaluation process.

“Ellis Medicine is clinically and financially strong. We are blessed with extraordinary, skillful physicians and staff. We are inspired every day by the strong support of our community. We believe that for the foreseeable future, an independent Ellis, with a single-minded focus on our community, best serves our patients,” Mr. Little said. “In this period of rapid consolidation in health care, we will seek to distinguish ourselves as an ‘independent collaborator’ – eager to work with physicians, insurers and other healthcare organizations in the community when doing so serves our patients, and remaining strong and independent to protect and preserve the care and services vital to our community.”

Ellis trustees considered affiliation proposals from healthcare organizations both inside and outside the Capital Region as they studied the best ways to make sure the community had access to the broadest possible range of high-quality health care services now and in the future.

“This decision honors the 133-year Ellis tradition of independence and local, community-based decision-making,” said Ellis Medicine President and CEO Paul Milton. “We considered very strong proposals from outstanding healthcare organizations. We are grateful for their interest and for their investment of time and energy in this process.  In the end, we came to see more clearly that the great, enduring strength of this institution is in our physicians, our staff, our volunteers, and the enduring support of our community.”

Dr. Jonathan Kemp, Chief of Staff at Ellis Medicine and a member of the Board of Trustees, said, “As a physician and Trustee of Ellis Medicine, I am proud of the thoughtful deliberation that went into this decision. I truly admire my fellow board members’ commitment to putting the health of our community first throughout the process. Ellis is a patient-centered healthcare provider, and this was a patient-centered decision.”

Longtime Ellis Trustee Dr. Robert Kennedy said, “I have the privilege of working every day with the talented and extremely dedicated physicians and staff of Ellis Medicine. I see the commitment they have to our community, and I believe no one is better able to care for this community than the people of Ellis Medicine.”

Neil Golub, chairman of The Golub Corp. and longtime supporter of Ellis Medicine, said, “The Board of Trustees of Ellis Medicine accepted a tremendous responsibility in conducting this evaluation. They went about their work deliberately and thoughtfully, and I have every confidence in their decision. I look forward to continuing to be a strong supporter of Ellis Medicine for many years to come.”

“Ellis Medicine and the Schenectady community both have proud traditions of courageous independence and innovation,” Mr. Milton said. “This decision honors that tradition, and reflects the confidence expressed in Ellis by our community, our physicians and our staff.”

 

ABOUT ELLIS MEDICINE

Ellis Medicine is a 438-bed community and teaching healthcare system serving New York’s Capital Region. With four campuses — Ellis Hospital, McClellan Street Health Center, Bellevue Woman’s Center and Medical Center of Clifton Park — five additional service locations, 3,300-plus employees and more than 700 members of its medical staff, Ellis Medicine is proud to provide a lifetime of care for patients. Ellis offers an extensive array of inpatient and outpatient services — including cardiac, cancer, emergency, neuroscience, and women’s services. For more information, visit www.ellismedicine.org

 

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