The primary teaching hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center attends to the health care needs of residents of the Bronx and nearby Westchester County. The health system operates three main hospitals with about 1,500 beds, more than 100 ambulatory care offices, a children's hospital, and Centers of Excellence in cancer care, cardiovascular services, pediatrics, transplantation, and neurosciences. Additionally, it operates a home health care agency as well as outpatient facilities that provide ambulatory and diagnostic services. Montefiore Medical Center also offers medical education programs in partnership with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
As the teaching hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore provides postgraduate training for nearly 100 accredited residency and fellowship programs at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore, Moses Division, and Weiler Division, and eight residency and fellowship programs, sponsored by New York College of Medicine.
Montefiore and Einstein are among about three dozen academic medical centers nationwide to be awarded the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) by the National Institutes of Health.
Montefiore saved Bronx hospital Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center in 2008, which had filed for bankruptcy largely due to its inability to collect debts from indigent patients. Our Lady of Mercy was transformed into the Montefiore North Division, with about 370 beds. In 2011 Montefiore nearly tripled the size of its Center for Orthopaedic Specialties by opening a new facility with 27 exam rooms near the Weiler Division.
The health system is largely involved in the community and was one of the region's hospitals to contribute to the creation of the Bronx Regional Health Information Organization (Bronx RHIO), a not-for-profit organization established to help the borough's vast number of health care providers share patient information. Participants include hospitals, health systems, ambulatory care centers, individual physician offices, long-term care, and home care services. Collectively, they deliver care to more than 1 million residents, including more than 95% of the borough's annual hospital discharges. The Bronx RHIO plans to use an interoperable health information exchange (essentially a network of electronic health records) to make it possible for patients' medical records to follow them wherever they go for health services in the Bronx.
The health system's Bronx Accountable Healthcare Network (BAHN), was chosen in 2011 to participate a program sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center. Montefiore is one of only 32 organizations in the nation, as well as the only one in New York State, to operate under this new model of providing Medicare beneficiaries with higher quality care, while reducing expenditures through enhanced care coordination. The program -- Pioneer ACO -- is one of a number of initiatives developed by the new CMS Innovation Center to test new models of health care delivery and payment. Unlike the typical managed care plan, Medicare beneficiaries in the Pioneer ACO will be able to choose any doctor or health care provider they want all the while continuing to receive the full benefits associated with traditional Medicare as well as the ACOs augmented care management services.
Founded in 1884 to treat tuberculosis patients, Montefiore Medical Center has a long history of responding to community health crises, including lead poisoning and AIDS. In response to rising needs in the community, Montefiore opened a community clinic with the aim of vaccinating young women for HPV, a sexually transmitted disease that can cause cervical cancer. – less