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SUNY Upstate and Crouse Hospital propose merger

Scott Willis

Two major players in Central New York healthcare are proposing a merger. SUNY Upstate Medical University announced plans today to acquire Crouse Hospital. They’d take over all of Crouse’s inpatient and outpatient services.

According to a joint release from the two hospital systems, they don’t anticipate any staff reductions as a result of the merger and union employees at each hospital would still be represented by their respective unions.

There has been a natural progression in our relationship over the years. Between the two organizations, there are many clinical services that complement each other. Formalizing the relationship with Crouse—and making it a key component of our University Hospital system—would allow these services to flourish,” CEO of Upstate University Hospital Dr. Robert Corona said.

Upstate and Crouse are now in the process of getting regulatory approval, which could take months.

Katie Zilcosky is WAER’s All Things Considered host and features reporter. She also co-hosts WAER’s public affairs show Syracuse Speaks. As a reporter, she focuses on technology, economy, and identity.