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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New York Medical College and Westchester Medical Center Health Network Announce Long-Term, Academic Affiliation Agreement

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VALHALLA, N.Y., May 17, 2017 — New York Medical College (NYMC) and the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) today announced a long-term, Academic Affiliation Agreement (AAA) that will serve to strengthen the academic medicine programs as well as the clinical care and research practices of both NYMC and WMCHealth.

Under the agreement, hospitals on the Valhalla campus of WMCHealth – its flagship Westchester Medical Center, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and Behavioral Health Center - will be the primary teaching sites for the clinical education of students of NYMC and Touro College affiliated programs. Additionally, NYMC will facilitate the expansion of that education to other hospitals in the WMCHealth Network and NYMC and WMCHealth will collaborate to foster clinical research.

This newly–announced, long-term agreement spans 12 years and symbolizes the strong, collaborative relationship between the two organizations.

"After negotiations between the leadership of WMCHealth and NYMC, and upon the approvals of the Boards of both organizations, the parties have signed a long-term AAA. This renews our commitment to a continued partnership with WMCHealth and its affiliated hospitals as our primary academic sites," said NYMC's Chancellor and CEO Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A. "On any given day more than one-fourth of NYMC's third- and fourth-year medical students complete their clinical clerkships at WMCHealth hospitals, along with students in other clinical disciplines. With a shared faculty and jointly conducted research and educational activities, there is a great deal of partnership between our two organizations. This agreement codifies our already long-standing relationship. Contrary to prior, short-term agreements, this arrangement will allow for a continuous and synergistic relationship between both organizations.”

”WMCHealth hospitals have a history of academic cooperation with New York Medical College, and we’re happy this agreement will keep this relationship strong for more than a decade,” said Michael D. Israel, President and CEO, Westchester Medical Center Health Network. “Developing the advanced care specialists of tomorrow is part of our mission and in collaboration with New York Medical College, we are a lead center on many clinical trials from which results will impact generations to come. We embrace this opportunity to impact healthcare regionally and globally.”

About New York Medical College

Founded in 1860, NYMC is one of the oldest and largest health sciences colleges in the country with more than 1,400 students, 1,300 residents and clinical fellows, nearly 3,000 faculty members, and 16,000 living alumni. The College, which joined the Touro College and University System in 2011, is located in Westchester County, New York, and offers advanced degrees from the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, the School of Health Sciences and Practice, the School of Dental Medicine and the School of Nursing. NYMC provides a wide variety of clinical training opportunities for students, residents, and practitioners. For more information, visit www.nymc.edu.

About Westchester Medical Center Health Network

The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is a 1,700-bed healthcare system headquartered in Valhalla, New York, with 10 hospitals on eight campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 12,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. From Level 1, Level 2 and Pediatric Trauma Centers, the region’s only acute care children’s hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, skilled nursing, assisted living facilities, homecare services and one of the largest mental health systems in New York State, today WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated healthcare in the Hudson Valley. For more information about WMCHealth, visit www.WMCHealth.org.

Contact: Jennifer Riekert, M.B.A.
Vice President of Communications
New York Medical College
(914) 594-4552
jennifer_riekert@nymc.edu

Contact: Andrew LaGuardia
Director of Communications
Westchester Medical Center Health Network
(914) 493-6532
andrew.laguardia@wmchealth.org

Photo Caption: (Seated) Michael D. Israel, President and CEO, Westchester Medical Center Health Network and Dr. Edward C. Halperin, Chancellor and CEO, New York Medical College. Back row: Herman Geist, Westchester County Healthcare Corporation Board member; Julie Switzer, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Westchester Medical Center; Dr. Mark Hasten, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Touro College and University System and New York Medical College; Mitchell Hochberg, Board Chair, Westchester County Healthcare Corporation; Dr. Alan Kadish, President, New York Medical College; and Rob Astorino, Westchester County Executive.