The news became public at the Hospice of the Finger Lake’s Annual Meeting on May 22, 2018. The 30 year old Auburn-based agency will be merging with Hospice of Central New York.
“Although Hospice of the Finger Lakes has managed through some significant challenges, it has become increasingly difficult for small agencies like Hospice of the Finger Lakes to thrive and provide the level of services necessary. Fortunately, due to strong management, coupled with the generous support from our many private fundraising activities, our Thrift Shop and grants, we have been able to continue to provide the compassionate service our communities have grown to expect. We believe this merger will allow the organization to function more efficiently in today’s healthcare world,” stated Tim Callahan, President of the Board, Hospice of the Finger Lakes.
Hospice of the Finger Lakes will begin the official transition planning and implementation upon approval of the New York State Department of Health Certificate of Need application. Hospice of the Finger Lakes will continue to operate in the ordinary course of business until the merger is finalized.
The neighboring agencies have always had a close and collaborative relationship. For the past several years, Hospice of Central New York has been working with Hospice of the Finger Lakes, assisting with initial assessments of patients referred to the Cayuga County agency from Syracuse hospitals. This collaboration has expedited the referral and admission process; and been fiscally prudent saving on staff time and travel.
“The goal of this merger is to ensure that hospice services in our service area will continue to be provided with the exceptional care that our communities have come to expect from Hospice of the Finger Lakes. The consolidation of administrative, clinical support and other functions will result in cost savings and a stronger organization able to maintain a high level of service for families in our community,” said Theresa K. Kline, Executive Director Hospice of the Finger Lakes.
“Hospice of Central New York is excited about this merger. Hospice of the Finger Lakes has an excellent reputation and we felt our longstanding relationship gave both organizations the confidence that this merger will strengthen our shared mission to bring high-quality, compassionate care to people with life-limiting illness and support to their loved ones,” stated Cynthia Chandler, CEO Hospice of Central New York.
Hospice of Central New York intends to offer the 21 Hospice of the Finger Lakes staff members new positions when the merger takes place. The agency’s 100 volunteers will also be asked to continue their support in the Cayuga County area.
The merger is expected to be approved by the NYS Department of Health Department over the summer.