Winthrop, NYU Langone in partnership talsk

Mineola’s Winthrop-University Hospital is in partnership talks with NYU Langone Medical Center.

“This first step represents a momentous milestone for Winthrop,” John Collins, the hospital’s president and chief executive, said in a statement. “As Long Island’s first community hospital, we have grown into a major academic medical center, and with our services in such demand, it became obvious that we needed to expand further, physically and geographically.

Winthrop, one of the few independent hospitals on the Island, had been the subject of repeated rumors on the possibility of it joining Northwell Health, although Winthrop officials have repeatedly denied any interest.

“As it stands, Winthrop plans to remain a major academic medical center providing comprehensive health care to the residents of Long Island,” a spokesman said during recent speculation. “We’re not looking to become a specialist center or just an emergency room.

Winthrop and NYU Langone are among the region’s most financially successful health institutions. Winthrop reported a $30 million increase in operating revenue in fiscal 2015, with $19.5 million in operating profits. Langone, which acquired Brooklyn’s Lutheran Medical Center in January and now operates 175 outpatient locations, earned about $229 million from operations in the same period.

The two hospitals will have to get state approval for any agreed-on partnership.