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Unity Health System and Rochester General Health System Approve Formal Affiliation Agreement

The Boards of Directors of Unity Health System (Unity) and Rochester General Health System (RGHS) today voted to approve, and then signed, an affiliation agreement that spells out the terms and conditions under which the two organizations would come together to form a new health care system. The affiliation agreement stipulates an equal partnership between the parent companies of Unity Health System and Rochester General Health System, resulting in a fully integrated health care system with a single parent company that will set and oversee direction of all its affiliates. The new parent company formed will be governed by one Board of Directors with equal representation from RGHS’ and Unity’s current Boards.

Last April, Unity and RGHS announced they had mutually agreed to enter into discussions to create a formal relationship that would result in one, integrated health care delivery system that could better meet the needs of the community and thrive in an increasingly challenging environment of health care payment and delivery system reform.

“Approval of the affiliation agreement is a milestone in the process because it moves April’s ‘handshake’ agreement between Unity and RGHS to a formal relationship that demonstrates both organizations’ total commitment to make this merger happen,” said Warren Hern, president and chief executive officer, Unity Health System.

“Today’s announcement brings us another exciting step closer to providing the Greater Rochester Region with a community-based health care system that enhances clinical quality, patient care and support services, improves access to health care, lowers costs and keeps our community healthier,” said Mark Clement, president and chief executive officer, Rochester General Health System.

With the affiliation agreement in place, Unity and RGHS will move forward with regulatory filings at the state and federal level, and continue the detailed clinical and operational integration planning work to map out the blueprint for the new organization. It is expected that regulatory review and approval could take six to twelve months to complete. 

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About Rochester General Health System
Serving the community of Greater Rochester and beyond, Rochester General Health System (RGHS) has earned national recognition for excellence in a variety of clinical specialties. Rochester General Hospital (RGH), the health system’s flagship affiliate, is a 528-bed tertiary care facility that treats more Monroe County patients than any other hospital. RGH, home to the fourth largest cardiac center in New York State, has been recognized nine times as being among the nation’s 100 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals. According to the 2013 report from CareChex®, a division of The Delta Group, RGH ranks first in New York for Major Cardiac Surgery (#4 in the nation) and Heart Attack Treatment, #2 in New York for Overall Medical Care and #5 statewide for Overall Surgical Care. RGHS also includes Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, a 120-bed facility primarily serving Wayne and Ontario counties; two long-term care facilities, Hill Haven and DeMay Living Center; the Rochester General Medical Group, with more than 40 practices in Monroe and Wayne counties; a Behavioral Health Network, providing adult and pediatric care; Independent Living for Seniors, a program that enables elderly patients to live in their own homes while receiving comprehensive supportive services; and an Ambulatory Care division that provides superior-quality outpatient care with wide community accessibility. Learn more about RGHS at www.rochestergeneral.org.

About Unity Health System
At Unity Health System you’ll find the friendliest and most compassionate people dedicated to providing the best possible health care experience. We have over 70 locations in Rochester and Monroe County, including Unity Hospital, located on the Unity Park Ridge Health Care Campus in the town of Greece and the Unity St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester. Key programs include our Joint Replacement Center, Family Birth Place, Spine Center, Diabetes Center, Stroke Center, Brain Injury & Physical Rehabilitation, and Chemical Dependency. Our Center for Aging has the area’s most comprehensive range of services for older adults, which includes specialized care for dementia, a chronic ventilator unit, three skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, a short-stay transitional care center, home health services, adult day programs, and The Villages at Unity – an independent senior living community. ACM Medical Laboratory is a world leader of patient and clinical trials testing, with locations in western New York; York, England; and India, and lab partnerships across the globe. Our shared commitment to delivering health care the way it should be is reflected in our overall employee and patient satisfaction ratings and quality outcomes. For more information, visit unityhealth.org.