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Crouse and Upstate set up steering committee

Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., president of SUNY Upstate Medical University, L. Richard Oliker, Ph.D., chairman of the board at Crouse Hospital, and Syracuse University Chancellor Kenneth Shaw, Ph.D., chairman of the Metropolitan Development Association's Healthcare & Educational Services Committee, issued the following announcement today:

"SUNY Upstate Medical University and Crouse Hospital have had a long standing relationship relating to educating our medical school students and residents and a long-standing clinical affiliation.

"Recent studies by the Metropolitan Development Association (MDA) have suggested that the community may benefit from a closer collaboration between the two organizations.

"We, therefore, have formed a Steering Committee to engage in preliminary discussions on how our respective institutions can more effectively work together in the future to benefit our community."

The members of the Steering Committee are:

  • L. Richard Oliker, Ph.D., chairman of the board for Crouse Hospital
  • Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., president of SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Kenneth Shaw, Ph.D., chancellor of Syracuse University and chair of MDA Healthcare & Educational Services Committee
  • David Mankiewicz, assistant to the executive vice president of the MDA
  • Michael Roizen, M.D., dean of the College of Medicine and vice president of biomedical sciences at SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Herbert Mendel, M.D., president of the medical staff at Crouse Hospital
  • Ben Moore III, executive director of University Hospital and vice president for hospital affairs at SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Steve Brady, vice president for finance and management at SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Edward Wenzke, president and CEO of Crouse Hospital and Community General Hospital
  • David Speltz, chief restructuring agent for Crouse Hospital

"Our goal in establishing this Steering Committee is to explore how these two organizations can develop programmatic and administrative linkages which will enhance their clinical, educational and research activities and improve their overall economic performance.

"Each hospital organization will continue to remain legally separate."