2008-01-02 / Business

Kaleida Health, Univera Healthcare sign new agreement for 2008

Kaleida Health announced the completion of a multi-year agreement with Univera Healthcare for the provision of health care services to Univera members in Western New York. The agreement takes effect Jan. 1, 2008.

The new agreement assures Univera's 200,000 local members continued access to Buffalo General Hospital, DeGraff Memorial Hospital, Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, the Visiting Nursing Association of Western New York, Klein Road Ambulatory Surgery Center as well as Kaleida Health's 96 ambulatory care clinics, and four long-term care facilities.

"This contract continues our joint efforts at health care reform plus provides the resources that are required to maintain access, quality and affordability for our patients," said James R. Kaskie, president and CEO of Kaleida Health.

This includes making Kaleida Health as attractive as possible for physicians to come and practice medicine, as well as the community at-large, so it selects the family of health care companies for care, Kaskie said. He added the new contract also includes performance incentives around reaching quality of care goals.

"Both sides have worked very hard to solidify the partnership between our two organizations, whose shared goals are to offer the highest quality care and latest technology, to provide the best value for every health care dollar spent, and to keep the best doctors practicing here in our community," said Mary Lee Campbell-Wisley, regional president of Univera Healthcare.

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