New partnership spotlights Northwell orthopedics

Inside track: Orthopedics take center stage in a new partnership between Northwell Health and Philadelphia's Rothman Institute.

Northwell Health has signed a strategic affiliation agreement with the Rothman Institute, one of the nation’s largest orthopedic practices.

The Northwell Health Orthopaedic Institute will be working with the Pennsylvania-based Rothman Institute to develop “centers of excellence for orthopedic care” around Greater New York, according to a statement from Northwell Health.

Headquartered in Philadelphia, the Rothman Institute – founded in 1970 by physician Richard Rothman – is known internationally as a preeminent orthopedic and musculoskeletal practice, with more than 25 existing locations throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including two orthopedic urgent-care clinics.

The partnership unites “two nimble, forward-thinking organizations,” according to Nicholas Sgaglione, Northwell Health’s orthopedics chairman.

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“We look forward to working with the Rothman Institute to co-brand various marketing initiatives,” Sgaglione said in a statement, adding the partners would also focus on “the ongoing recruitment of top-level physicians, joint research and tracking and measuring patient outcomes.”

Published reports quote Rothman Institute CEO Mike West as saying the new partnership would begin by opening facilities in Manhattan, Greenwich Village and “the Westchester area,” with the alliance ultimately resulting in 20 to 30 surgeons and as many as 15 nonsurgical physicians working in Northwell/Rothman offices around Greater New York.

Rothman Institute President Alexander Vaccaro, a neurosurgery professor at Philadelphia’s Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, said the institute was “looking forward to joining the Northwell Health family.”

“This agreement expands the Rothman Institute’s footprint into New York City and the surrounding suburbs,” said Vaccaro, who also chairs the Thomas Jefferson University Department of Orthopaedics. “We are looking forward to bringing our excellent musculoskeletal care to Northwell Health’s communities and patients now and for years to come.”