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United Memorial Medical Center and Rochester General Health System announced today that they are finalizing details of an expanded affiliation.

“United Memorial and Rochester General have worked together on a number of projects,” spokesperson Colleen Flynn said, “a lot of times addressing specialty services and bringing those services right here to Genesee County for our residents so they don’t have to travel outside their home county to seek medical attention.”

The two healthcare institutions have partnered in the areas of pathology, urology, general surgery and GI since 2008.

In making its decision to affiliate with RGHS, the UMMC board cited the system’s national recognition and its comprehensive medical specialties that will enhance existing services available in the Batavia community.

“As a regional health care delivery system, a core element of our mission is to collaborate with smaller area healthcare providers to help them better serve their local communities,” said Mark C. Clement, president and CEO of Rochester General Health System via a news release.

Changes to health care law, including the Affordable Care Act, have made this kind of relationship beneficial.

“Changes in state and federal reimbursements along with regulations associated with national healthcare reform have shown that a partnership with a larger, regional healthcare center will be imperative to the success of continuing to provide quality care right at home. said Mark C. Schoell, President and CEO of UMMC via a news release. “Rochester General is a high quality organization with a depth of resources, well established physician organization and similar cultural ideals.”

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