Upstate Medical Seeks Clearance to Acquire Crouse

Upstate University Medical Hospital has issued a letter of intent to acquire Crouse Health in Syracuse.

The proposal would include all of Crouse’s inpatient and outpatient services, and rename the Crouse campus as “Upstate Crouse Hospital,” according to a statement from SUNY Upstate on Thursday.

“There has been a natural progression in our relationship over the years. Between the two organizations there are many clinical services that complement each other. Formalizing the relationship with Crouse – and making it a key part of our university hospital system – would allow these services to thrive,” said Robert Corona, CEO of Upstate University Hospital.

The deal requires regulatory approvals, including a certificate of need from the New York State Department of Health, which is expected to take several months.

Officials say they don’t expect a merger to lead to staff cuts.

“Discussions between Crouse and Upstate have always revolved around creating the best possible environment for patients, healthcare professionals and dedicated staff. The Board of Directors determined that integrating with a local partner was the best option for Crouse, and given our history, Upstate was the preferred choice, one that the community will embrace,” said Patrick A. Mannion, President of the Crouse Health Board of Directors.

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