Canandaigua, N.Y. Canandaigua’s Thompson Health is now an affiliate of the University of Rochester Medical Center.
The two health systems signed an official agreement Thursday after months of discussions.
Leaders of the health systems say the affiliation allows them to use and share their collective resources to best meet the health care needs of both the Rochester and Finger Lakes regions. By partnering, a seamless network of health care delivery will be created allowing patients to access many different levels of care at a variety of locations. Both view the affiliation as an extension of successful partnerships that already exist between the two health systems within many medical and surgical specialties, including cardiology, neurosurgery, oncology, imaging and more.
In a statement Thursday, Linda Farchione, President/CEO of Thompson Health said, “This affiliation between Thompson Health and the University of Rochester Medical Center offers a great opportunity to bring a truly integrated delivery system to the Finger Lakes Region. It will allow for coordinated service delivery of all levels of health care close to home.”
This collaboration also means that hundreds of Ontario County residents who are admitted to Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital each year will be able to receive the health care they need at Thompson. It also frees up specialty and sub-specialty care beds for patients throughout upstate New York only available at Strong Memorial.
Under the agreement, the parent corporation “Thompson Health” will remain intact and will continue to oversee and govern Thompson’s subsidiary corporations including F.F. Thompson Hospital, the M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center, FFTH Properties, F.F.T. Senior Communities (Ferris Hills and Clark Meadows) and the F.F. Thompson Foundation. Thompson Health will continue to operate under the guidance and leadership of its existing board of directors comprised of members of the local community. Thompson will add new representatives from URMC to the existing board. URMC will also appoint representatives from Thompson Health to its existing board of directors. The Thompson Health parent corporation will retain its own local President/CEO.