Unity and Rochester General Health Systems Announce New Identity as Rochester Regional Health System
Following more than a year of planning and regulatory review, on July 1, Rochester General Health System (RGHS) and Unity Health System formally came together to create a new non-profit health care system. Today, the new entity’s official name – Rochester Regional Health System – was announced to more than 14,000 physicians, nurses, caregivers and support staff.
Interim co-CEOs Mark Clement and Warren Hern said the new name was chosen after a rigorous analysis, including extensive input from Unity and RGHS team members and physicians, as well as consumer market research across the region.
“This name reflects the vision of our new, unified system,” Clement said. “Rochester Regional Health System will build upon the work of Unity and RGHS, as a seamlessly integrated network – including primary care, ambulatory, senior and specialty services and acute care hospitals – delivering exceptional care throughout our 14-county region and beyond.”
“Rochester Regional Health System joins thousands of physicians and caregivers, all delivering community-focused, nationally recognized care to the greater Rochester region and beyond through our international ACM laboratory services,” Hern said. “Today’s announcement is another important step, as we move forward in a planned and thoughtful manner to improve access and lower costs to the high-quality, patient-centered care for which RGHS and Unity have long been known.”
Hern and Clement emphasized that RGHS and Unity patients will enjoy continuity of care as the new combined organization continues to evolve.
“They won’t see major changes or any compromises in the care they are accustomed to receiving at Unity or Rochester General health system sites,” Hern said.
The Rochester Regional Health System Board of Directors also convened their first meeting today. The volunteer board, comprised of community, business and physician leaders, includes:
Robert Dobies, board chair
Michael Nuccitelli, vice chair
Faheem Masood, treasurer
Rob Sands, secretary
Jagat Mehta, MD
Nancy Ferris, PhD
Elizabeth Patton, PhD
Karen M. Gallina
Thomas Penn, MD
John Genier, MD
Tarun Kothari, MD
All announced executive and senior leadership appointments for Rochester Regional Health System also took effect today.
Over the next year these leaders will focus on integration efforts, operating plan development and building a common culture. A search for a new permanent CEO is also underway, and expected to be complete by the end of 2014.
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About Rochester Regional Health System
Serving the greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region and beyond, Rochester Regional Health System combines the resources, skills and accomplishments of Rochester General Health System and Unity Health System in an integrated network of nationally recognized, community-focused services. The full care continuum includes three full service acute-care hospitals and comprehensive ambulatory services; leading cardiac, orthopaedic, neuroscience, oncology, surgery, women’s health and medicine programs; more than 80 primary and specialty medical practices; innovative senior care programs, facilities and independent housing; a wide range of chemical dependency and behavioral health services; and ACM Medical Laboratory, a global leader in patient and clinical trials testing, with worldwide locations and lab partnerships.