PARK SLOPE — The hospital in the heart of Park Slope is now part of one of the largest healthcare providers in the country.
New York Methodist Hospital has merged with the NewYork-Presbyterian healthcare network and has been renamed NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, officials announced Dec. 7.
"We are in the midst of a rapidly changing and consolidating health care landscape," said Methodist spokeswoman Lyn Hill. "In that context, both the hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian are pleased to be able to deepen an already existing relationship between this community and one of the top academic medical centers in the country."
Under the new relationship, NYP will have an active role in overseeing "areas such as quality, technology, and facilities" at Methodist, Hill said.
Methodist has had a "close relationship" with NYP since 1993, when Methodist joined the New York Hospital Care Network (now called the NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network), Hill said.
The merger won't result in any lost jobs and it won't affect the plans for Methodist's new Center for Community Health, the six-story outpatient center now under construction on Sixth Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues, hospital officials said.
Neighbors sued over the size of Methodist's new building, and the hospital scaled back the project as a result. NYP is also in the midst of constructing a new 17-story building on the Upper East Side.
Methodist added a trauma center last year to treat serious injuries. Overall the 651-bed hospital treats about 42,000 patients a year and another 500,000 patients with outpatient services. Methodist's new Center for Community Health will bring about 100,000 patients a year to the neighborhood and will house outpatient services, including a cancer center.