NEWBURGH – Cornerstone Family Healthcare and Hudson Valley Community Services announced their intent to merge Wednesday.
Cornerstone provides health care to about 45,000 patients, and Linda Muller, president and CEO of Cornerstone, said the merger should provide better health care for patients.
“Mergers are important because in New York State we know there is a great shift on how payments for services are provided,” she said. “By doing this, we’ll able to increase our efficiencies and our access and positive outcomes, and have an access point that makes sense for all of our clients and patients collectively.”
Hudson Valley Community Services serves about 4,000 patients with support services that help with their health care, noted Andrea Straus, executive director of Hudson Valley Community Services.
“We think the social determinants of care are very important at ensuring clients have good health outcomes. We provide those, and we think we’ll be able support Cornerstone and their wonderful medical care by providing the kind of services that ensure people get good care,” she said.
Hudson Valley Community Services provides everything from care management, case management, transportation, nutrition services, substance use services and other wrap-around services.
Pending regulatory approvals and a final board vote, both organizations expect the merger to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2020.