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Richmond University Medical Center Announces Merger with Staten Island Mental Health Society

January 9, 2019 – Richmond University Medical Center and Staten Island Mental Health Society, two non-profit health care providers who have each served Staten Island for over 100 years, announced their merger, effective January 1, 2019. Services and programs operated by Staten Island Mental Health Society will be fully integrated as a division of Richmond University Medical Center.

 A private, not-for-profit behavioral health services agency serving Staten Island children with special needs and their families since 1895, Staten Island Mental Health Society assisted nearly 6,000 children and their families annually. The Society provided services through more than 25 programs operated at over 18 locations throughout the borough. Outpatient therapeutic services, individual/family counseling, school based clinic treatment services, adolescent and adult substance abuse programs, and the largest Head Start Program on Staten Island were among the programs provided by the Staten Island Mental Health Society.  The Society was also the federally identified Trauma Treatment Center for Staten Island Children, and the borough’s Early Childhood Mental Health Center.  These services will now continue through Richmond University Medical Center.

 “Richmond University Medical Center is delighted to welcome Staten Island Mental Health Society into the RUMC family,” medical center board of trustees chair Kathryn K. Rooney said. “The merger process has taken several years, throughout which our board and theirs have worked collaboratively to ensure a smooth transition. On behalf of our board, I want to thank Staten Island Mental Health Society board chair John Tapinis for his leadership throughout the process. I would also like to thank John and his entire board for their years of dedication and commitment to the families of Staten Island.”

Richmond University Medical Center offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services for adults, children, and adolescents; primarily through its Center for Integrative Behavioral Medicine, located at 1000 South Avenue in Bloomfield. Treatment programs include individual and group therapy, medication management, patient and family education, and rehabilitative activities. Additional programs and services are provided through the hospital’s Silberstein Clinic, which offers outpatient treatment for people 18 years of age and older struggling with problems of addiction and related mental health issues, and the Bridges to Wellness program, a partial hospitalization program for individuals discharged from a psychiatric unit that need assistance transitioning to home and outpatient care.

 “Adding the diverse children and family programs of Staten Island Mental Health Society increases the opportunity for Richmond University Medical Center to help many more families across our borough,” medical center president and CEO Daniel J. Messina, Ph.D., FACHE, said. “This merger further positions Richmond University Medical Center as a leading provider of integrative behavioral medicine for adults, children, adolescents, and their families.”

 The merger was officially finalized on January 1, 2019. Throughout the merger process, senior administration and the board of trustees for both the medical center and Staten Island Mental Health Society worked collaboratively to guide the process. The primary goal for all involved was to ensure there were no disruption in services to Staten Island Mental Health Society patients and their families.

 “On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Staten Island Mental Health Society, I want to share our extreme pleasure that the merger between RUMC and SIMHS has come to fruition,” chair of the board of trustees for Staten Island Mental Health Society John Tapinis said. “The merger insures that all the vital programs provided by SIMHS will continue to benefit the many children and families on Staten Island who utilize these essential services.”

Throughout the process, Richmond University Medical Center leadership also wanted to ensure that the 124 year legacy of Staten Island Mental Health Society serving the community was preserved. Additionally, the goal was also to ensure that the years of support and leadership provided by the Staten Island Mental Health Society’s board of trustees did not go unrecognized.

 “This merger is wonderful for the children and families of Staten Island,” executive director of Staten Island Mental Health Society Fern Zagor said. “The community will benefit from the integration of existing Richmond University Medical Center and Staten Island Mental Health Society resources. The merger also provides the potential to combine resources to develop new and innovative approaches that meet emerging behavioral health needs in our community.  I want to thank the leadership teams of both organizations for their future vision and for making this happen.”

 Employees of Staten Island Mental Health Society will now be part of Richmond University Medical Center staff. Classes held at the P.S. 25 annex, located at 669 Castleton Avenue, on the grounds of Staten Island Mental Health Society, will continue under an agreement with the New York City Department of Education.

 “For over 100 years both Richmond University Medical Center and Staten Island Mental Health Society have improved the health care services of our borough,” Richmond University Medical Center chief nurse officer and COO Rosemarie Stazzone, RN, MSN, NEABC, said. “The services and programs we offer, primarily through our Center for Integrative Behavioral Medicine, are now augmented by those Staten Island Mental Health Society has provided. This will allow Richmond University Medical Center to continue expanding and improving behavioral health services throughout Staten Island for many more years to come.”

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Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC), is a not-for-profit healthcare provider serving the ethnically diverse community of Staten Island and its neighbors. We provide premier-quality patient care through a full spectrum of emergent, acute, primary, behavioral health and educational services. We do this in an environment that promotes the highest satisfaction among patients, families, physicians and staff. For more information call 1-718-818-1234 or visit www.rumcsi.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.