Auburn Memorial Hospital and Rochester General Health System

Posted on: 02/01/2012

Auburn Memorial Hospital and Rochester General Health System
Explore Potential Affiliation


AUBURN, N.Y., January 25, 2012 – The Board of Trustees of Auburn Memorial Hospital (AMH) has voted unanimously to explore an exclusive affiliation with Rochester General Health System (RGHS), a nationally recognized integrated healthcare delivery system based in Rochester with a satellite hospital in the Finger Lakes.


In August 2011, AMH began the process of exploring the potential for an affiliation with a larger health system to further enhance its 120-year tradition of providing compassionate, quality acute and long-term care services. AMH and RGHS will now enter into discussions and due diligence which will likely span the next four months to determine the viability and exact nature of an affiliation, including consideration of legal, regulatory, financial, clinical and operational factors.


In making its decision to pursue further discussions, the AMH board cited RGHS’ successful track record of collaboration with smaller standalone hospitals, its reputation for innovation, a sterling record of patient safety, and a national reputation for quality.

“We plan to explore how an affiliation will provide for greater access to local care, physician recruitment and retention, facilities support and best practice sharing. However, it’s premature to delve too deeply into those elements until due diligence is complete,” said Scott A. Berlucchi, president and CEO of AMH.


He continued, “What we can definitively share is our unwavering belief that our employees and physicians are among AMH’s and the community’s greatest assets, and that any affiliation with RGHS would include their ongoing involvement.”


AMH and RGHS plan to provide the next public update at the conclusion of the due diligence process in approximately four months.


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About Auburn Memorial Hospital

AMH is a not-for-profit, 99-bed acute care facility serving a population of approximately 80,000 in Cayuga County and the surrounding areas of the Finger Lakes region of Central New York.  Clinical services include emergency, intensive and coronary care, laboratory services, maternity, pediatrics, psychiatric services, orthopedics, respiratory and physical therapy, radiology, inpatient and outpatient surgery, diabetes care, bariatric surgery, wound treatment, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, cardiovascular lab services and medicine. There are urgent care facilities in Auburn and Skaneateles that provide prompt, convenient quality care seven days a week from board certified physicians AMH’s Emergency Care Unit. AMH also has a Veterans Clinic that provides primary and preventative outpatient care as well as mental health services to the region’s veterans. Also under the AMH umbrella is the Finger Lakes Center for Living, providing long-term nursing and short-term rehabilitation services in an 80-bed skilled nursing facility.  For more information, log onto


About Rochester General Health System

Rochester General Health System (RGHS) serves the community of Greater Rochester and beyond. It has earned national recognition for excellence in a variety of clinical specialties.  Rochester General Hospital (RGH), the flagship of the system, is a 528-bed tertiary care facility that treats more Monroe County patients than any other hospital in the area.  It is the fourth largest cardiac center in New York State and has been recognized as one of the nation’s 100 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals nine times. In addition, Rochester General Hospital ranks 1st in New York State for Major Cardiac Surgery (# 3 in the nation) and Cardiac Care #3 in NYS for Overall Surgical Care and #3 in NYS for Overall Medical Care, according to the 2012 report from CareChex®, a division of The Delta Group. RGHS also includes Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, a 120-bed facility primarily serving Wayne County; two long-term care facilities – Hill Haven and DeMay Living Center; a Medical Group consisting of more than 40 practices spread throughout Monroe and Wayne Counties; a Behavioral Health Network that provides adult and pediatric care; and Independent Living for Seniors (ILS), a program for seniors designed to enable the frail elderly to live in their own home, served by a network of supportive services. Learn more at

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