Upstate Medical University seeks approval to acquire Crouse Health

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | April 15, 2022 Business Affairs
Crouse Health and SUNY Upstate Medical University jointly announced today their intention to bring the two healthcare systems together to enhance care delivery to Central New Yorkers. Under the proposed combination, Upstate Medical University will acquire the operations of Crouse Hospital, which will become part of the Upstate Medical University Health System.

The proposed combination will include all of Crouse Hospitals’ inpatient and outpatient services. Crouse Hospital will become part of Upstate University Hospital and the Crouse campus will be branded as Upstate Crouse Hospital. Crouse Medical Practice will remain intact and will be branded as Upstate Crouse Medical Practice.

Upstate and Crouse believe that the combined organization would generate new career opportunities in the region. No staff reductions are anticipated as a result of the transaction. It is anticipated that union employees at each hospital will continue to be represented by their current respective unions.

By coming together, Upstate and Crouse propose to create a coordinated, highly integrated system with the objective of improving quality of care, and increasing access to care for the communities we serve. The combination will create a system with more than 13,000 employees, 1,200 licensed inpatient hospital beds and offer more than 70 specialties. It will markedly increase clinical training opportunities for tomorrow’s healthcare providers studying in the College of Medicine, College of Health Professions and two complementary Schools of Nursing.

Over the years, Crouse and Upstate leadership have engaged in thoughtful review of potential options for the institutions to more closely align in ways that improve care for the community and region, while preserving each organization’s clinical and educational missions. Upstate Medical University (including Upstate University Hospital) and Crouse Health have a history of collaborating, to the extent feasible, to serve the Central New York region. During the pandemic, Upstate and Crouse worked collaboratively to meet the challenges created by COVID-19.

“There has been a natural progression in our relationship over the years. Between the two organizations, there are many clinical services that complement each other. Formalizing the relationship with Crouse—and making it a key component of our University Hospital system—would allow these services to flourish,” states Robert Corona, DO, CEO of Upstate University Hospital.

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