Move builds an expansive network of community-based, integrated behavioral and medical services
PRESS RELEASE DISTRIBUTED April 13, 2016
(Staten Island, NY) Richmond University Medical Center, an affiliate of the Mount Sinai Health Network and the Icahn School of Medicine, and the Staten Island Mental Health Society (SIMHS) today announced that the two organizations have signed an agreement to merge that, upon closing, will allow an integration of SIMHS’ broad range of behavioral health services into Richmond University Medical Center’s existing medical and behavioral health services, resulting in a comprehensive network across Staten Island. The agreement represents a first-step towards a full merger expected within several months.
“Merging the broad range of community based behavioral health services provided by SIMHS with the solid foundation of primary care provided by Richmond University Medical Center will create a seamless range of behavioral and medical services for Staten Island residents. RUMC and SIMHS recognize a unique opportunity to transform and enhance the services of these two vital health care providers on Staten Island,” statedRichmond University Medical Center President & CEO Daniel J. Messina, Ph.D., FACHE, LNHA.
“As a result of this merger, a new and stronger network of integrated health care services will be established to meet the behavioral health and medical needs of the Staten Island community,” stated SIMHS President & CEO Fern A. Zagor, LCSW, ACSW.
“We believe that this partnership will bring together two Staten Island institutions, with a combined 230 years of service to the borough, and create one strong and vibrant organization dedicated to meeting the health needs of the diverse Staten Island community,” stated Kathryn K. Rooney, Esq., Chair of the Board of Trustees of Richmond University Medical Center and John G. Tapinis, Chair of the Board of Directors of SIMHS.