Two of New York City's largest teaching hospitals are studying ways to forge stronger ties.
Presbyterian Hospital and St. Luke's-Roosevelt Medical Center are exploring joint education or research opportunities but may also consider a patient-care affiliation, said Barbara Quinn, a St. Luke's-Roosevelt spokeswoman. Both hospitals are teaching affiliates of Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons.
During the past year, both hospitals have laid off workers as they've struggled to remain financially viable.
St. Luke's-Roosevelt posted a net loss of $35.5 million on net patient revenues of $543 million in 1993, according to HCIA, a Baltimore-based healthcare information company. That compares with net income of $1.8 million on net patient revenues of $491.4 million the previous year.
Last year Presbyterian reported a $47.5 million loss on net patient revenues of $626.9 million, HCIA said. In 1992, it had a net loss of $50.9 million on net patient revenues of $566.9 million.
With 1,442 beds, Presbyterian is the city's largest hospital, employing 7,312 people. It also is a unit of Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.
St. Luke's-Roosevelt, which operates a total of 1,354 beds at its St. Luke's and Roosevelt divisions, is the city's third-largest hospital. It has 7,009 employees.