Partnership FAQ

South Nassau Mount Sinai Affiliation

The Mount Sinai Health System and South Nassau Communities Hospital Partnership Announcement

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Corporate Governance & Management of Hospital

1. What is the Mount Sinai Health System and why this is good for South Nassau?
Mount Sinai is an integrated health system encompassing eight hospitals (with the addition of South Nassau) in New York, more than 400 ambulatory practices and other community locations, and more than 7,400 physicians. It includes the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, one of the most prestigious medical schools in the nation.

South Nassau will become the ‘flagship’ hospital for Mount Sinai on Long Island. The partnership will allow South Nassau to expand the level of services available to patients right here on the South Shore of Long Island. Already, Mount Sinai specialists are collaborating with physicians at South Nassau to provide more specialized, advanced care. We are also working together to secure important new recruitments.  Mount Sinai and South Nassau have received approval for a new allopathic internal medicine residency program, to advance the academic mission of South Nassau Communities Hospital and to ensure a dedicated physician work force. Our vision is to provide seamless, high-quality integrated care to patients.

Mount Sinai physicians also are using additional technologies to complement the quality care South Nassau offers patients. For an example, see this short video of a South Nassau patient’s story and what the Mount Sinai relationship has meant for him – southnassau.org/mountsinai

2. Why did South Nassau choose to partner with Mount Sinai? 
Mount Sinai’s culture of focusing first on patients, its cutting-edge research, and its reputation for excellence made it the best fit for South Nassau.

Mount Sinai Health System is a leading academic medical institution with world-renowned accomplishments in research and patient care. For example, The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 18 in the nation on the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals “Honor Roll” for 2018-19, ranked in 11 adult specialties: Cancer; Cardiology and Heart Surgery; Diabetes and Endocrinology; Ear, Nose, and Throat; Gastroenterology and GI Surgery; Geriatrics; Gynecology; Nephrology; Neurology/Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; and Urology. Additionally, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is nationally ranked by U.S. News in two specialties—Ear, Nose, and Throat and Ophthalmology—while Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, and Mount Sinai West are ranked regionally. Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital is ranked in five out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report in "Best Children's Hospitals."

3. What about the name? Will the new relationship require changing the South Nassau name?
We have not made any decisions on a formal renaming.

4. Has Mount Sinai committed resources to South Nassau as part of this integration? 
Yes. Mount Sinai has committed to making significant investments in academic education as well as in patient care, including in cardiology, maternal health, pediatrics, oncology, and neurosurgery. This also includes supporting the cornerstones of South Nassau’s growth strategy, including the expansion projects to build a four-story Southwest Addition, three-story parking structure, and new central utility plant and electrical emergency facility on the hospital’s main campus in Oceanside and a Medical Arts Pavilion at its Long Beach campus.

5. When will the agreement be final?

Mount Sinai and South Nassau have now received all necessary governmental approvals, including from the New York State Department of Health as well as from the New York State Attorney General and New York State Department of Education. The agreement is now final.

6. Will each organization maintain its cultural identity?
Mount Sinai was founded more than 150 years ago on a mission of community service. It was established to serve particular communities that didn’t have, or were denied, access to quality health care. South Nassau opened its doors in 1928 as a local nonprofit hospital to serve the communities of the South Shore of Long Island, and has grown into a regional medical center, delivering high-quality and specialized care to all. Both organizations embrace a culture of improving access to care, providing greater clinical management of chronic diseases, and advancing innovation, research, and medical education. Both cultures put special emphasis on the importance of employees and the need to foster personal growth and professional development.

Clinical Relationships

7. How will the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai play a role? 
South Nassau’s graduate medical education (GME) program will be sponsored by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, making it a major clinical and academic affiliate of the School. The sponsorship has already resulted in the expansion of South Nassau’s GME program to offer a new ACGME-accredited internal medicine residency program that will allow for the training of 30 internal medicine physicians. The first class will be onsite in July 2019. In addition to internal medicine, South Nassau provides residency programs in family medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, and a transitional rotating internship; AOA-accredited residency programs in family medicine and geriatrics, and a CPME-accredited program in podiatry. Many of South Nassau’s physician leaders will become part of the Icahn faculty.

8. Will physicians at each hospital have admitting privileges at the other?
Many Mount Sinai physicians have already joined the South Nassau medical staff, and a number of South Nassau physicians have also joined Mount Sinai’s medical staff. Applications for privileges are considered individually through each hospital’s normal credentialing process.

Learn more

Mount Sinai Partnership
Meet Bill Regan - Cardiac Patient
Healthy Outlook Special Partnership Issue (PDF)