Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic in Ontario County has joined Rochester Regional Health System, effective April 1.
“It is our vision to be a leader in the evolution of health care and to enable the people in the communities we serve to enjoy better, healthier lives. The addition of Clifton Springs to our health system helps us to achieve this bold vision,” said Eric J. Bieber, MD, president and CEO, Rochester Regional Health System. “We are delighted to have them join our family, so that Clifton Springs can continue to serve yours.”
The partnership mirrors a trend among hospitals and health care systems nationwide. These system affiliations address the economic realities that community hospitals are facing, enabling them to continue to offer a full range of primary and secondary services locally, while providing a gateway to the best clinical care available when more highly specialized care and technology are required.
“Joining Rochester Regional secures our ability to continue our 165-year tradition of providing outstanding health care to the people of the Finger Lakes,” said Lewis Zulick, MD, MMM, outgoing CEO of Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic. “Our community will benefit from greater access to specialized services and technology that are available throughout the Rochester Regional family.”
With the new affiliation, Dr. Zulick has been appointed chief of surgery for Newark-Wayne Community Hospital and Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic.
Dustin Riccio, MD, regional president of operations for Rochester Regional Health System, will lead Clifton Springs as well as Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, a second Rochester Regional affiliate in the Finger Lakes. Dr. Riccio will oversee clinical coordination efforts to provide local access to comprehensive, leading-edge health services. “People in rural areas shouldn’t need to travel out of town to receive exceptional care,” Dr. Riccio said. “Together, and as part of our larger health system, these two hospitals will deliver on our commitment to raise the standards of community health.”
Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic is now the fifth hospital in the health system, formed when Rochester General and Unity health systems combined in July 2014. Clifton Springs follows United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia, which became part of Rochester Regional in January.
The hospital will maintain its name and a local board of directors.