Under the new contract, which will go into effect on April 1, 2010, all three hospitals will be in Empire's network. This includes all Blue Cross insurance plans.

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Facts About: EastEnd Health Alliance

Eastern Long Island Hospital, Peconic Bay Medical Center and Southampton Hospital established the EastEnd Health Alliance to enhance the ability of the three hospitals to meet their mission to provide excellent and comprehensive health care services to their communities. The Alliance hospitals are all critical health care providers serving a combined population of more than 300,000 residents covering nearly 300 square miles, providing care to approximately 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency room patients. The Alliance hospitals are also essential components of the local economy, employing 2,000 individuals, with collective operating revenue of $225 million, generating nearly $ 1 billion of benefit to the local economy annually.

Alliance Goals

  • Enhance the ability of the alliance hospitals to continue to develop high quality, comprehensive and accessible services in key strategic areas: cancer, cardio-vascular, behavioral health, women and infants services, surgery, rehabilitation and geriatrics;

  • Enhance satisfaction of patients, staff, and physicians;

  • Enhance patient safety and quality improvement; and

  • Improve the financial health of the alliance hospitals by facilitating strategic investment, revenue growth and management, and operational efficiencies

Alliance Governance

  • The three hospitals created a parent board that was approved by the Department of Health in May 2008 with the full authority to develop a regional plan, rationalize bed capacity; coordinate clinical services; realize operational efficiencies; and develop an integrated delivery system.

  • The Board consists of twenty-one trustees, seven from each hospital. Carole G. Donlin Chairs the Board, Jesse R. Goodale III is the First Vice Chair, all serving two-year terms with the position of Chair rotating among the officers.

  • The Board works closely with the three hospital Presidents, presently led by Andrew J. Mitchell, a position that rotates every two years.

  • The parent board has the authority to approve operating and capital budgets; approve and submit all Certificate of Need applications; implement managed care and quality programs; establish affiliations and partnerships, including one with Stony Brook; and develop shared services and joint ventures.

  • The local hospital boards are responsible for maintaining current services and operations; overseeing management; developing and managing operating and capital budgets approved by the parent; recommending parent board members and philanthropy.

Alliance Objectives

  • Through collaboration, create an integrated health care resource that supports and directs growth;

  • Develop and enhance services that address community health care needs, including meeting the needs of the underserved in our market;

  • Reduce out-migration through strategic development of centers of excellence;

  • Jointly negotiate for managed care;

  • Coordinate physician and key personnel recruitments;

  • Develop shared services that will realize cost savings and revenue enhancements;

  • Coordinate the hospitals’ approach to political leadership in the county and state as well as federal, better positioning the network to obtain government funding and regulatory support for clinical service expansion; and

  • Through strategic investment and clinical collaboration, realize revenue growth.

Historic Overview

  • New York State legislated the creation of the Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century in 2006 as a response to a health care delivery system in “crisis”. Health care providers throughout that State were in weak financial condition. Negative or inadequate fiscal margins limited the ability of providers to reinvest in their systems, obtain the latest technologies, access capital, upgrade their physical plants and invest in their medical staffs.

  • The three East End hospitals recognized this opportunity to address long-standing challenges as stand alone hospitals. They were faced with small primary markets, facing internal competition with undercapitalized facilities and underdeveloped key clinical services and medical staff, and a poor negotiating position with managed care plans.

  • Under the voluntary initiatives of the Commission, the Alliance hospitals submitted a plan to develop an integrated delivery system, right-size and regionalize services; secure emergency and acute care services at all three hospitals and develop affiliation agreements with Stony Brook University.

  • The plan also included exploration of a partnership with Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center that eventually decided not to join in the governance structure but to continue to explore potential mutually beneficial collaborations.

  • The Commission adopted the plan and awarded the hospitals $14 million in Department of Health funds for implementation.

Alliance Quality Reports

For more information please email us at: info@healli.org

Community Service Plans:

Eastern Long Island Hospital

Peconic Bay Medical Center

Southampton Hospital

New User-Friendly Website Helps Uninsured Secure Health Insurance


Hauppauge, NY- January 11, 2010

Uninsured Long Islanders now have access to an improved, user-friendly bi-lingual website to help them enroll in Medicaid, Family Health Plus, and Child Health Plus, the public insurance programs offered by the state. The site – www.coverage4healthcare.com – is sponsored by the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council (NSHC), the association that represents all Long Island hospitals.

The Hospital Council, through a grant from the state health department, provides enrollment assistance to the uninsured in Nassau and Suffolk counties. The enhanced website provides one-click navigation to obtain a checklist of required documentation, a listing of upcoming enrollment sites, and contact information for further assistance.
“We designed the site in a simple, step-by-step format that easily guides the browser and answers most of their basic questions about the enrollment process and their insurance options,” said Stacy Villagran, director of the Hospital Council’s Facilitated Enrollment Program.

The NSHC has offered its Facilitated Enrollment Program since 2001 and to date has helped 43,133 Long Islanders apply for health insurance. The state health department has consistently identified the NSHC Facilitated Enrollment Program as one of the top performers in the state. Forty-six open house enrollment sessions are held conveniently at local libraries, churches, local hospitals, and other civic/neighborhood meeting places each month.

About 15 percent of Long Island’s population remains uninsured, according to recent U.S. Census Bureau statistics.

State BUDGET threatens Healthcare Delivery

Help Your HospitalsGovernor Paterson has proposed massive health care cuts that will imperil critical health care services in every community in the state, including yours. Services ranging from cancer screenings to well-child clinics to emergency room care will be at risk. Thousands of health care jobs will face elimination if the Legislature passes these cuts. Your voice is essential if we are to restore this vital funding.

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Alliance Members

ELIH - East Long Island Hospital

Peconic Bay Medical Center

Southampton Hospital