Einstein and Montefiore strategic alliance with Brooklyn medical center

A new alliance between Einstein, Montefiore and Maimonides hospitals should improve health care outcomes at all three locations.

Einstein and Montefiore have entered into what Montefiore is terming a “strategic alliance,” with the Brooklyn hospital to help improve education and training of doctors at Einstein, as well as sharing the collective knowledge of the institutions, and improving healthcare and preventative care, officials said.Maimonides should be able impart knowledge about the “dual treatment of psychiatric and medical illness,” while Einstein and Montefiore can offer information about what works and what does not in terms of “peer-management” of patients with chronic illnesses, among a number of other things, said Lynn Richmond, senior vice-president and chief-of-staff at Montefiore.

It could be a casual alliance, or more formal, she said.

“It allows Einstein to have additional places for the medical students and residents,” said Richmond, adding that Montefiore is involved because of its close relationship with Einstein. “Maimonides has been one of the places where medical students went and they had a terrific experience there, so this allows them to take it to the next level.”

“It does sort of create another area where there is alignment,” she added.

As part of the arrangement, Maimonides will become a university hospital and Einstein’s Brooklyn Campus.

“Maimonides Medical Center offers a superb environment for training Einstein students to become the competent and compassionate physicians the health care system of the future demands,” said Dr. Allen Spiegel, the Marilyn and Stanley Katz dean of Albert Einstein College of Medicine. “The partnership between Einstein and Maimonides will make two outstanding institutions even stronger.”

The enhanced academic affiliation with Einstein should provide its students with more educational and clinical clerkships at Maimonides in all core hospital programs, according to the hospitals.

The leaders of Montefiore and Maimonides both commented as to the positives of the strategic alliance.

“Our agreement with Maimonides is based on common values and a shared commitment to provide patients with less fragmented, improved care,” said Dr. Steven Safyer, president and CEO of Montefiore. “The healthcare system as a whole is facing many challenges. We must grow and learn together in order to continue to improve patient care and outcomes.”

“The alliance offers knowledge for new models of healthcare,” said Pamela Brier, president and CEO of Maimonides. “These agreements build upon current relationships and better positions Maimonides for future success. As Einstein’s Brooklyn Campus, we will strengthen our teaching programs and fortify physician recruitment. As a strategic partner with Montefiore, we will better prepare for new models of health care delivery.”

Patrick Rocchio can be reach via e-mail at procchio@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 742-3393

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