Hometown Health Centers and Whitney Young Health Exploring Affiliation
Schenectady, N.Y (November 1, 2017) – The CEOs of Hometown Health Centers and Whitney Young Health announced today that they have begun talks to affiliate their operations. Both organizations are vital to maintaining the health care safety-net in the Capital Region and are presently considering ways that they can be stronger, together.
“This conversation is happening now because it makes sense. We must take every opportunity to preserve and enhance the vital services we both offer to Capital Region residents,” said Joe Gambino, CEO of Hometown Health Centers. “The process is in the early stages. We are exploring ways that our organizations can be stronger together, and we are considering a variety of options from a full-scale merger to other partnership opportunities. Nothing is going to change overnight, but we are moving forward together.”
“By partnering, we can create an enhanced position of strength, which will ultimately help us provide services that will lead to enabling better health outcomes for our patients,” added David Shippee, President & CEO of Whitney Young Health. “Our organizations are a great fit. There is little-to-no geographical overlap in our service areas and we both provide programs that the other does not. It is our plan to retain and grow our staff and services, not reduce them.”
The organizations serve approximately 40,000 patients combined, which constitutes a large percentage of the area’s population that rely on the services and staff of the two Federally Qualified Health Centers.
Additionally, both organizations are already planning to move from the traditional volume-based reimbursement system into a new and evolving value-based system. A partnership will only accelerate and strengthen those efforts as affiliated organizations are better positioned for long-term success. Working together will also help the organizations realize the goals of the Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Nonprofit Revitalization Act, as well as help to achieve the New York State Department of Health’s call to improve patient outcomes and move away from a fee-based care.
“A new organization would adopt the best practices from each individual entity, streamlining service and improving processes to provide better care to patients,” added Gambino. “Simply put, this is a way to position both of our organizations into the future so that we continue to provide high-quality health care to the underserved populations that rely on our services.”
About Hometown Health Centers: With locations at 1044 State Street in Schenectady and 67 Division Street in Amsterdam, Hometown Health Centers is nationally recognized for providing high-quality, cost-effective primary health care to all in need, with particular concern for low-income residents. As the primary care provider of choice for nearly 20,000 patients, the health center offers primary and preventive health care to children and families, behavioral health, and lab services, as well as comprehensive dental care. For more information, visit hometownhealthcenters.org.
About Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center, Inc.: Since 1971, Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center (WYH) has provided primary medical, dental, and behavioral health care to some of the most vulnerable and underserved populations in Capital Region communities. Through multiple medical and dental centers, including a brand new facility in Watervliet, school-based health centers, addictions programs, a mobile health unit, and numerous outreach programs, WYH serves more than 18,000 men, women and children annually who otherwise have limited access to health care. WYH takes its services directly to the people that need them the most. More than one-third of its patients live at or below the federal poverty level; approximately 19% do not have any health insurance; and 59% rely on Medicaid. Nearly half of its patients are children and adolescents. WYH has been recognized three times by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home at both the Albany and Troy health centers. Additionally, WYH has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Ambulatory Health Care and Behavioral Health Care. For more information, please visit www.wmyhealth.org.