Clifton-Fine Looking For Affiliate Hospital
Clifton-Fine Hospital is looking for a larger hospital to align with, but CEO. Robb Kimmes says he wouldn't call it a merger.
"Clifton-Fine Hospital is not looking for a larger hospital to come in and purchase it or take it over," Kimmes said during a live telephone interview on 7 News This Morning.
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The Star Lake hospital has hired a national firm to help it find another facility to form an alliance with.
Kimmes says it's difficult for a small hospital to do business in today's environment.
"We're beginning the process of seeking out a larger hospital or health system to partner or affiliate with," he said.
"Our primary goals through an affiliation are long-term sustainability of Clifton-Fine Hospital," Kimmes said.
"We want to improve our services and we want to expand upon the services that we are providing."
Meanwhile, Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush is still trying to get private, not-for-profit status for the hospital.
The senate approved the move in January, but the Republican has yet to get the bill voted on in the Democrat-controlled Assembly.
Blankenbush says the hospital needs the not-for-profit status so it can do away with expensive state pensions for employees and set up a 401k-like retirement plan.
Thursday, June 20, 2013, Watertown, NY
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