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Dear Friend,

Many changes are under way, both in the healthcare arena at large and here at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center.

Throughout the nation, hospitals are seeking solutions to meet the federal Affordable Care Act’s objective to reduce healthcare costs through efficiency while continuing to provide the highest quality of care. As a result, many hospitals are forming partnerships with large health systems, which provide expanded resources and support. Phelps is in discussions with the North Shore-LIJ Health System, the state’s largest healthcare organization. We look forward to realizing the benefits that partnering with such an outstanding system will bring to our community.

As we anticipate formalizing this relationship, we have already begun addressing the growing healthcare needs associated with the Affordable Care Act with the construction of a new surgical facility. The Phelps SurgiCenter, which will open by the end of the year, will provide inpatient and ambulatory surgical services in spacious state-of-the-art operating suites and comfortable private rooms. Over the course of the coming year, the hospital’s main lobby will be relocated to the Atrium entrance of the 755 building, which will be dramatically expanded to include a new Admitting Department and a coffee bar. Next year, construction will begin on a new MRI suite to be located in the current main lobby area.

As the world of healthcare evolves, Phelps remains committed to its role as your community hospital. Through partnerships, facility improvements, and expanded services, we are confident that Phelps will continue to meet the healthcare needs of you and your family today and in the decades to come.

We wish you a healthy and glorious fall.

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