Staten Island University Hospital jilted its longtime academic affiliate last week when it announced a new academic affiliation with New York's Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a clinical alliance with Mount Sinai Hospital.
Staten Island's partnership with Mount Sinai severs a relationship of more than 20 years with the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn, known locally as SUNY Downstate. It's the latest example of teaching hospitals and universities realigning their partnerships as they form integrated delivery networks (July 11, p. 4).
"We really regret the decision," said Brian Kell, director of university affairs at SUNY Downstate. "We are going to be looking to find another affiliate on Staten Island."
Staten Island University Hospital provided clerkship positions for 26 third- and fourth-year SUNY Downstate medical students and served as a rotation site for 16 residents, mostly in pediatrics.
Rick Varone, president and chief executive officer of 633-bed State Island University Hospital, said the Mount Sinai partnership "will strengthen our education and research programs, enhance our ability to attract and retain excellent physicians, and facilitate the delivery of the highest quality care to our patients."
Under the agreement, Staten Island University Hospital will become a major teaching site for Mount Sinai medical students.