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St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center Acquires Upstate Surgical Group Practice

SYRACUSESt. Joseph's Hospital Health Center and the Upstate Surgical Group, P.C. announced today that the hospital and health care system has acquired the surgical practice.

Upstate Surgical is now part of St. Joseph’s Physicians, and the acquisition creates a General Surgery division within the St. Joseph’s-owned ambulatory services group.

As one of the premier general surgical groups practicing at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, Upstate Surgical’s physicians have been providing Syracuse-area patients with excellence in inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures for more than 25 years.

“The acquisition is a natural extension of Upstate Surgical and St. Joseph’s relationship, and is consistent with a national trend of closer physician/hospital clinical integration,” said Dr. Balasubramanian Sivakumar, senior physician in the group. “It also reflects St. Joseph’s mission to improve the delivery of healthcare through integration without sacrificing our commitment to quality care for every patient,” added Kathryn Ruscitto, St. Joseph’s president and CEO.  

Independent Operation

The surgical practice will function independently of St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center. Its operational leadership team includes members of the practice’s current leadership team, along with members of the St. Joseph’s Physicians operations group. The practice group consists of physicians Balasubramanian Sivakumar, MD (locally known as Dr. Kumar); Thomas Certo, M.D.; Anthony Oliva, MD; Ara Madonian, MD; Atul Maini, MD; Arthur Vercillo, MD; Melinda Stevens, MD; and David Wormuth, MD.

The acquisition, which was completed over the summer, will include many positives for Upstate Surgical Group’s employees, including access to St. Joseph’s Physicians benefits, said Ruscitto. The transition will occur gradually, and no job layoffs are anticipated as a result of the acquisition.

A Record of Innovation

Upstate Surgical Group is known for innovation and for leading-edge surgical capabilities. Group physicians were among the first surgeons in Syracuse to use robotic laparoscopic surgery and to perform laparoscopic colon surgery. They also are among the first and only surgeons in the region to perform breast ultrasounds and minimally-invasive stereotactic biopsy procedures in an office setting, including mammosites, Dr. Kumar noted. 

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About St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center is a non-profit, 431-bed hospital and health care system in Syracuse, New York, providing services to patients in 16 counties in Central New York State. Through prevention programs and the latest diagnostic treatment procedures, St. Joseph's works with patients to achieve optimum long-term health. A 14-time winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice award, St. Joseph’s is affiliated with Franciscan Companies and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis.

CUTLINE: St. Joseph’s welcomes Upstate Surgical’s physicians. From left to right are: Dr. Anthony Oliva; Fred Letourneau, senior vice president for the physician enterprise; Dr. Thomas Certo, Kathryn Ruscitto, chief executive officer; Dr. Balasubramanian Sivakumar; Dr. Atul Maini; and Dr. Ara Madonian.