Mount Kisco Medical Group, Massachusetts
General Hospital announce collaboration
BOSTON - May 19, 2005 - Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH),
the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization (MGPO) and the
Mount Kisco Medical
Group (MKMG) in New York today announced an agreement that will
extend the expertise, care and services of New England's leading
academic medical center to patients of one of the most comprehensive
medical groups in Southern New York.
The agreement, which establishes the MKMG as a clinical affiliate
of the MGH and the MGPO, will help MKMG patients who need highly
specialized medical care gain easy access to the highly respected
physicians and breadth of sophisticated services of the MGH.
Under the agreement, a designated physician based at the MGH will
be available to respond to MKMG requests for medical care and consultation
as well as coordinate various services for MKMG patients referred
to the MGH. The collaboration also enables patients of MKMG to participate
in specific clinical trials under way at the MGH aimed at identifying
new and better treatments for complex disorders.
Under the agreement, educational programs, conferences and training
opportunities at the MGH will be available to physicians at MKMG,
and MGH and MKMG staff will jointly provide health information programs
to the Mount Kisco community. Also, upon request by MKMG, the MGH
through its relationship with the Harvard Medical School will help
identify physicians completing their training programs who may be
interested in relocating to the Hudson Valley.
"The MGH is a widely respected academic medical center, and
patients from around the world are drawn to the expertise of its
physicians and its extraordinary care," says MKMG President
and CEO Scott D. Hayworth, MD. "Now, through this new relationship,
patients of the Mount Kisco Medical Group will have enhanced access
to the kind of highly specialized care that the MGH and its physicians
can offer. We are very fortunate that this level of medical excellence
is within a very manageable drive from our community."
While this new clinical affiliation will expand and facilitate the
opportunity for MKMG physicians to make referrals to the MGH for
patients with complex problems, MKMG's association with the MGH
is not meant to displace long-standing relationships with other
health care facilities or providers. MKMG physicians will maintain
relationships with hospitals they have used in the Mount Kisco area
as well as continue their long-standing relationship with the Mount
Sinai Medical Center, an academic medical center in New York City.
The MGH's collaboration with the premier practice in the Hudson
Valley region will also benefit the growing number of patients who
live or work in New York but who have traveled to Boston for specific
kinds of care. These patients may find it more convenient and practical
to establish a relationship with an MKMG physician who can help
manage that patient's care in coordination with caregivers at the
"We have seen an increasing number of patients who have been
traveling from neighboring states to the MGH to get specialized
kinds of care, therapies or procedures or to participate in clinical
trials," says MGPO Chairman and CEO David Torchiana, MD. "We
see this affiliation with the MKMG as an important way not only
to enhance our ability to serve the needs of patients in New York,
but also to make the services that the MGH can provide available
to a broader community. We are enormously pleased to be associated
with the talented physicians and staff of the Mount Kisco Medical
Group, who are focused on providing the best possible network of
services to their patients."
MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD, agrees, calling the MKMG a practice
that is truly embedded in the life of its community. "The providers
of the MKMG are clearly dedicated to ensuring that the patients
and families they serve can get excellent care right in the community
in which they live and work," Slavin says. "These caregivers,
however, have reached far beyond that high standard, giving their
patients access to a comprehensive network of very specialized services
that a teaching hospital like the MGH can offer. We are delighted
to welcome the MKMG patients and providers to our extended family."
Established in 1946, MKMG is comprised of nearly 100 physicians
who work in three separate locations, the main office in Mount Kisco
as well as multispecialty offices in Carmel and Yorktown Heights.
In addition to the many primary care physicians - internists, pediatricians
and obstetricians/ gynecologists - the practice includes physicians
representing more than 30 medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties.
The practice also includes nurses, technicians and support staff.
Radiology and laboratory services, physical therapy, sports rehabilitation,
endoscopy and infusion services are available at the MKMG's facilities.
Since its founding, MKMG has been dedicated first and foremost to
quality medical care.
Massachusetts General Hospital, founded in 1811, is the third
oldest general hospital in the United States and the oldest and
largest teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, where nearly
all its active staff physicians hold faculty appointments. The 900-bed
hospital offers sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic care in
virtually every specialty and subspecialty of medicine and surgery.
Each year the MGH admits approximately 45,000 inpatients and records
more than 1.5 million visits in its extensive outpatient programs
at its main campus and satellite facilities. Its Emergency Department
handles more than 75,000 visits a year, its surgical staff performs
more than 32,000 operations, and the MGH Vincent Obstetrics and
Gynecology Service delivers more than 3,600 babies annually. The
MGH conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the
United States, with annual research expenditures of more than $450
million. Massachusetts General Hospital has consistently been named
one of the nation's best hospitals by US News and World Report,
ranking third in the most recent survey.
Media Contacts: Peggy
Slasman, MGH Public Affairs
Christopher Sclafani, Mount
Kisco Medical Group
MGH Physician Referral Service: 1-800-388-4644
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