Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home, Gloversville, N.Y., and St. Mary's Hospital, Amsterdam, N.Y., have called off their hard-won affiliation agreement, a deal for which they successfully challenged the regulatory authority of the state attorney general and the courts. In a joint statement, the hospitals blamed the derailment of their plan on the pending merger of St. Mary's parent, Carondelet Health System, and Ascension Health. The membership change "would not be compatible" with the terms of the affiliation, the statement said. In addition, St. Mary's believed that the cost savings would be less than first thought, although Nathan Littauer disagreed. The hospitals agreed to affiliate in 1999, but the deal's consummation was delayed by court battles, as New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer fought for the right to scrutinize the deal. Spitzer argued that the affiliation could be construed as a merger between 124-bed Nathan Littauer, a secular facility, and 143-bed St. Mary's, which is Roman Catholic-owned. -- by Cinda Becker
N.Y. hospitals cancel affiliation after long fight
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