Four Roman Catholic hospitals on New York's Long Island will restructure into one health system with one governing board in an effort to operate more efficiently.
The new Catholic Health Services of Long Island will have combined revenues of more than $800 million. The hospitals forming the new system are 247-bed St. Francis Hospital-The Heart Center, Roslyn; 387-bed Mercy Medical Center, Rockville Centre; 235-bed St. Charles Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, Port Jefferson; and 525-bed Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, West Islip.
Executives said the deal isn't a merger because the hospitals already are sponsored by the Rockville Centre Diocese. In the next month, an eight-member board will be chosen to govern the system.
"At a time when hospitals throughout the country-including nearly 85% of our Catholic hospitals-are members of systems, we see our restructuring as a means to embrace these changes while preserving the soul of Catholic healthcare," said Bishop John R. McGann of the diocese.
Longtime Catholic system executive Ronald Aldrich has been named interim president and chief executive officer. Aldrich was president and CEO of Franciscan Health System of Aston, Pa., one of three Catholic systems that merged last year to form Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives. He has agreed to lead the system for six months until a successor is named.
The existing governance and management structures of the system's hospitals will be eliminated through the consolidation. As a result, the head of St. Francis-Mercy Corp., which ran St. Francis and Mercy hospitals, will lose his job. Robert Vizza, M.D., president and CEO at St. Francis-Mercy, will assist during a transition period in the next few months.