Rochester Regional Health and St. Lawrence Health System Sign Letter of Intent to Pursue Affiliation


September 6, 2018

Rochester Regional Health (RRH) and St. Lawrence Health System (SLHS) have signed a non-binding letter of intent (LOI) to affiliate. SLHS, headquartered in Potsdam, NY, is comprised of Canton-Potsdam Hospital and Gouverneur Hospital totaling 119 inpatient beds, 1500 employees and a 190 member medical staff.

RRH believes that all patients deserve innovative, high quality health care and they shouldn’t have to travel to get it. Partnering with St. Lawrence Health System will extend our mission, vision and values into the St. Lawrence Valley. RRH and SLHS share a commitment to personalized patient care and community relationships with the goal of elevating care for residents where they live. When we affiliate, we strengthen not only the health systems we affiliate with, but also the communities they serve.

It is anticipated that terms of the final agreement will be completed by December 2018. Following regulatory approval, it is anticipated the final agreement will be implemented in the fall of 2019. RRH and SLHS will provide updates to respective key stakeholder groups and communities as details are finalized.

Attached is a talking points briefing for you to use as you discuss this exciting news with your team members. If you have additional questions, please contact Hugh Thomas at ext. 24941 or John Foley at ext. 24939.