Better access to higher quality health care for the Hudson Valley, New York City, and Long Island: Hudson River Health Care (HRHCare) and Brightpoint Health Merge
Peekskill, New York, December 13, 2018 – Today, Hudson River Health Care (HRHCare) and Brightpoint Health announced the successful completion of their merger, and the creation of a combined healthcare organization better positioned to meet the needs of underserved communities across the Hudson River Valley, New York City, and Long Island.
Federal and state approvals of the merger have been successfully completed, and as of today the organization will serve over 225,000 patients annually with 43 Community Health Centers across urban and rural communities throughout the service area. The organization provides a broad spectrum of integrated services, including primary medical care, oral health services, behavioral health care, and urgent care.
At the present time both HRHCare and Brightpoint Health will retain their current names and brand identities, with Brightpoint Health operating as a member of Hudson River Health Care. A new brand identity for the joint organization will be announced in the coming year.
“The merger commences the beginning of our journey to increase and improve health care access, quality of care, and the patient’s experience over a broad service area,” said Anne Kauffman Nolon, CEO of the surviving organization. “Our core value of providing the highest quality of care in the most dignified and respectful manner is a sacred commitment we make to the patients and families that have entrusted us with their care. Our merger will accelerate our ability to add clinical, operational, and financial strength. Combining Brightpoint’s talents and history with ours allows us to advance our mission of serving those regardless of ability to pay while also scaling our population health work to address the quadruple aim of healthcare. “
“The merger continues our respective strategic efforts to build and grow our patient-centered, team-based approach to health care,” said James Sinkoff, Deputy Executive Officer and CFO of the surviving organization.
“This merger enhances our ability to improve access to comprehensive primary care and behavioral health for vulnerable and underserved populations, including people living with HIV and AIDS and those with mental illness and substance use disorders,” said Paul Vitale, President of the surviving organization. “We share common roots and values, which we will leverage to build a better future together and place us in a stronger position to manage the entire needs of the communities we serve.”
Anne Nolon is the CEO of the combined organization. James Sinkoff is Deputy Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Paul Vitale is President, with network-wide responsibilities, and is responsible for New York City operations. He reports to Anne Nolon.
In addition, several Brightpoint Health board members have joined the HRHCare board.
About Hudson River Health Care (HRHCare) Hudson River Health Care (HRHCare) was founded in 1975 by four African-American mothers to address the lack of accessible and affordable health care services in Peekskill, NY. Their determination and vision lead to the Peekskill Area Ambulatory Health Care Center, which opened its doors in July of 1975, funded by a small federal grant. Today, HRHCare serves more than 185,000 patients annually (including sub-recipients) through its network of 30 healthcare centers across rural, urban, and suburban areas in the Hudson Valley and Long Island.
About Brightpoint Health Established in 1990 as a residential skilled nursing facility focusing on people living with AIDS, Brightpoint Health is one of the acknowledged leaders in offering integrated medical, behavioral, and social support services in New York. Every day the organization leverages 13 health centers across all five NYC boroughs to serve a population of 45,000 patients annually.
For more information, contact: Todd Dorman VP Marketing and Communications, Hudson River Health Care (email@example.com; 646-242-4296) or Diane Arneth Chief, Community Services Officer, Brightpoint Health (firstname.lastname@example.org 718-873-4736).