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Monte, AECOM add 10 years to partnership

Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University announced a new ten-year agreement to continue their existing partnership and strengthen their ties in clinical care, medical research and teaching. The two nationally known medical institutions have been affiliated since 1963 and are committed to expanding their well established and highly successful relationship.

“This agreement, while clearly recognizing the ongoing independence of both organizations, provides a long-term framework that will streamline collaborations in clinical, research and teaching programs,” said Allen M. Spiegel, MD, The Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz dean of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

“The agreement is forward looking and fortifies each of our missions and core programs,” said Steven M. Safyer, MD, president and CEO of Montefiore. “It enhances our ability to recruit the best and brightest faculty and clinical staff in the nation; to spearhead new clinical trials in areas such as heart disease, cancer, pediatrics, transplant, and neurosciences; to create a model teaching environment for the 21st century; and to advance the health of the communities we serve.”

The new long-term agreement demonstrates a renewed level of commitment that will align key strategic directions and raise the stature of both organizations by:

• Centering the administration of most new clinical and translational research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health at Einstein;

• Assuring the role of Montefiore as the primary clinical training site for Einstein programs;

• Increasing the representation of each institution on the other party’s governing board;

• Providing a framework for identifying and cultivating joint opportunities for philanthropic development; and

• Identifying approaches to co-brand select clinical programs.

Montefiore Medical Center encompasses 125 years of outstanding patient care, innovative medical “firsts,” pioneering clinical research, dedicated community service and ground-breaking social activism. A full-service, integrated delivery system caring for patients in the New York metropolitan region and beyond, Montefiore is a 1,491-bed medical center that includes: four hospitals -- the Henry and Lucy Moses Division, the Jack D. Weiler Division, the North Division and The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore; a large home healthcare agency; the largest school health program in the US; a 25-site medical group practice integrated throughout the Bronx and Westchester; and, a care management organization providing services to 179,000 health plan members.

In 2008, The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore was ranked as one of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” in US News & World Report’s prestigious annual listing and also received honors in the magazine’s 2009 edition. The Leapfrog Group lists Montefiore among the top one percent of all U.S. hospitals based on its strategic investments in sophisticated and integrated healthcare technology.

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