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Merger Agreement 4/13/2016

Posted Date: 4/13/2016
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Move builds an expansive network of community-based, integrated behavioral and medical services

Staten Island, NY ― Richmond University Medical Center and the Staten Island Mental Health Society (SIMHS) today announced that the two organizations have signed an agreement to merge that, upon closing, will allow an integration of SIMHS’ broad range of behavioral health services into Richmond University Medical Center’s existing medical and behavioral health services, resulting in a comprehensive network across Staten Island. The agreement represents a first-step towards a full merger expected within several months.

“Merging the broad range of community based behavioral health services provided by SIMHS with the solid foundation of primary care provided by Richmond University Medical Center will create a seamless range of behavioral and medical services for Staten Island residents. RUMC and SIMHS recognize a unique opportunity to transform and enhance the services of these two vital health care providers on Staten Island,” stated Richmond University Medical Center President & CEO Daniel J. Messina, Ph.D., FACHE, LNHA.

“As a result of this merger, a new and stronger network of integrated health care services will be established to meet the behavioral health and medical needs of the Staten Island community,” stated SIMHS President & CEO Fern A. Zagor, LCSW, ACSW.

“We believe that this partnership will bring together two Staten Island institutions, with a combined 230 years of service to the borough, and create one strong and vibrant organization dedicated to meeting the health needs of the diverse Staten Island community,” stated Kathryn K. Rooney, Esq., Chair of the Board of Trustees of Richmond University Medical Center and John G. Tapinis, Chair of the Board of Directors of SIMHS.

Dr. Messina and Ms. Zagor expressed gratitude to Staten Island’s elected officials along with the New York State Office of Mental Health as well as the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities, the Department of Health and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for their assistance and guidance in facilitating the merger agreement. They also noted that all programs currently operated by SIMHS and Richmond University Medical Center will continue and in fact be strengthened by this new partnership. 

Richmond University Medical Center is a 470+ bed healthcare facility and teaching institution serving borough residents as a leader in the areas of acute, medical and surgical care, including trauma/emergency care, minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery, gastroenterology, cardiology, pediatrics, podiatry, endocrinology, urology, oncology, orthopedics, neonatal intensive care and maternal health. The medical center earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for quality and patient safety. The hospital also offers behavioral health services at several locations, encompassing both inpatient and outpatient services for children, adolescents and adults, including emergent inpatient and mobile outreach units along with an emergency psychiatric unit.  Richmond University Medical Center is the only borough facility that offers inpatient psychiatric services for adolescents.

Richmond University Medical Center is a Level 1 Trauma Center and a designated Stroke Center, receiving top national recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.  The state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization Lab has PCI capabilities for elective and emergent procedures in angioplasty. Richmond University Medical Center maintains a Wound Care/Hyperbaric Center and a Sleep Disorder Center on-site at its main campus.  The hospital also offers behavioral health services, encompassing both inpatient and outpatient services for children, adolescents and adults, including emergent inpatient and mobile outreach units. 

The Staten Island Mental Health Society, is a private, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) children’s services agency serving Staten Islanders since 1895.  Located in 21 sites throughout Staten Island, it is the “go-to agency” for children and families on Staten Island.   It currently operates licensed mental health clinics, including school-based clinics and Children’s Psychiatric Day Treatment programs.  SIMHS offers licensed Substance Abuse Clinics, which also provide DWI and related services.  SIMHS provides specialized services targeting court involved youth and community residents impacted by gun violence.  Additionally, SIMHS provides services to high-risk youth transitioning to adulthood and provides substance abuse treatment services for adolescents throughout the borough. A full range of Developmental Disabilities assessment and treatment services are offered to individuals and families as well.  SIMHS also operates through its Early Childhood Education Division four nationally acclaimed Head Start programs, including the oldest program in the country established 1965.