CARTHAGE AREA HOSPITAL AND SAMARITAN MEDICAL CENTER ANNOUNCE PLANS TO FORM AFFILIATION - Collaboration will enhance region’s healthcare system

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March 26, 2014

Watertown, New York ----- Carthage Area Hospital and Samaritan Medical Center today announced plans to form an affiliation.

Leadership and Boards of Carthage Area Hospital and Samaritan Medical Center, in consultation with the New York State Department of Health, have been in discussions about how Samaritan Medical Center could assist Carthage Area Hospital to stabilize its finances, as well as to create a collaborative partnership to enhance the healthcare delivery system for the region.

These discussions have resulted in Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Samaritan Medical Center and Carthage Area Hospital, which establishes a contractual relationship between the two organizations that will ultimately result in a formal affiliation. To finalize the affiliation, Samaritan Medical Center and Carthage Area Hospital will move forward to complete the required due diligence and Certificate of Need process.

“Our management teams will work closely together over the next several months to explore options and to identify strategies to enhance the long-term viability of Carthage Area Hospital and healthcare in the region,” explains Adil Ameer, Carthage Area Hospital Strategic Advisor/Interim CEO.

“Both organizations play crucial roles in the community in terms of access to healthcare services and economic impact,” states Thomas H. Carman, President and CEO of Samaritan Medical Center. “It is critical to the entire North Country that we work together to develop a long-term solution for a sustainable healthcare system throughout the region. This is the first step to accomplishing that goal.”

One leadership change will occur at Carthage Area Hospital. Adil Ameer will step down from his role as Interim CEO at Carthage Area Hospital and will serve in a consultative capacity, effective Monday, March 31, 2014. That role will remain unfilled until the formal affiliation is finalized.

News Release #14-008 

Contact: Natalie Burnham, CAH
(315) 493-0114

Krista Kittle, SMC
(315) 785-4504

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