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Membership in NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System Expected to Enhance Cardiac, Oncology, Pediatric and Surgical Services for Residents of Long Island and Queens

NEW YORK (Jun 19, 2003)

In a move that is expected to lead to the expansion of cardiac, oncology, pediatric and surgical services and other clinical programs for residents of Nassau and Suffolk Counties, Winthrop South Nassau University Health System — which includes two of the leading hospitals on Long Island, Winthrop-University Hospital and South Nassau Communities Hospital — has become a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System, the largest health care system in the tri-state area.

"Our membership in the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System will allow us to further enhance and expand our clinical services and to continue to provide high-quality medical care for the communities we serve," said Deborah A. Gray, Executive Vice President of the Winthrop South Nassau University Health System.

"Our mission is to help meet the medical needs of residents throughout the metropolitan area. Together with the Winthrop South Nassau University Health System we are committed to providing top quality health care services to the Long Island community," said Dr. Herbert Pardes, President and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System.

"Winthrop's prominence in this community in cardiac, cancer, children's and surgical services makes this collaboration with the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System a unique opportunity for escalated growth of these programs for the health care benefit of all Long Islanders," said Daniel P. Walsh, President and Chief Executive Officer of Winthrop-University Hospital. Joseph A. Quagliata, President and Chief Executive Officer of South Nassau Communities Hospital, said, "The strength of our new partnership with a world-renowned health care system will permeate all aspects of care we deliver to the South Shore communities."

"This represents another major clinical initiative for our System and reaffirms our commitment to providing a full-spectrum of health care services to the residents throughout the tri-state area," said Arthur Klein, M.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System.

Winthrop South Nassau University Health System

Winthrop South Nassau University Health System includes two premier acute-care hospitals on Long Island: Winthrop-University Hospital and South Nassau Communities Hospital. The System was formed in 1996 and has fostered a cohesive communication between the institutions to consistently improve patient access and continuity of care.

Winthrop-University Hospital

Located in Mineola, New York, Winthrop-University Hospital is Long Island's first voluntary hospital. As a major regional health care resource, this 591-bed teaching hospital has more than 4,000 employees, including 700 nurses and nearly 1,400 full-time and voluntary attending physicians. Winthrop offers a broad range of inpatient and outpatient services through its myriad of specialty centers and the six Institutes for Care — Cancer Care, Digestive Disorders, Family Care, Heart Care, Neurosciences and Lung Care. It is a Level I Regional Trauma Center, a Regional Perinatal Center, and headquarters for the Long Island Poison and Drug Information Center.

South Nassau Communities Hospital

South Nassau Communities Hospital is one of the region's largest hospitals, with 435 beds, more than 820 physicians and 2,200 employees. Located in Oceanside, New York, the Hospital is an acute-care, not-for-profit teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art care in cardiac, oncologic, orthopedic, bariatric, pain management, mental health and emergency services. In addition to its extensive outpatient specialty centers, South Nassau boasts Long Island's first gamma knife and New York State's first acute angioplasty program.

NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System

NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System is one of the most comprehensive health care systems in the United States, and is committed to providing high-quality, cost-effective, and accessible care to communities throughout the greater New York metropolitan region. The not-for-profit System — made up of 33 acute facilities and community hospitals, 100 ambulatory sites, 15 residential health care facilities, three specialty institutions, and more than 12,000 affiliated physicians — is the largest New York metropolitan area health care provider, serving one in four patients in the tri-state area. It is also the largest employer in New York City. During 2002, System institutions discharged over 400,000 inpatient cases and saw more than 3,000,000 cases on an outpatient basis.

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