STATEN ISLAND — The Mount Sinai Hospital announced a clinical affiliation with Staten Island's Richmond University Medical Center Thursday.
The affiliation started on May 1, and RUMC, West Brighton, said they hope to expand their community-based primary and outpatient care, similar to methods already in place at Mount Sinai.
"Our first obligation as a health care institution is to identify and address the needs of our community," said RUMC president and CEO Richard Murphy in a statement. "I believe that collaborating with Mount Sinai offers one of the best opportunities to enhance patient care and complement our community health initiatives."
RUMC plans to start a program similar to Mount Sinai's Visiting Doctors Program in Staten Island, the release said.
The program in Manhattan sends physicians, nurses, social workers and administrative staff to deliver care to homebound adults, the release said.
Through the affiliation, RUMC will build a similar program on the Island, as well as have access to new technology and use clinical care models in place at Mount Sinai, the release said.
"Mount Sinai is one of the top academic medical centers in New York City," Murphy said. "It has a world-class reputation, and our affiliation provides both institutions with an opportunity to learn and further improve patient care."