Northwell Signs Joint Venture with Melville Surgery Center

MELVILLE, NY – Northwell Health has signed a partnership agreement with Melville Surgery Center, a freestanding, multi-disciplinary, outpatient practice based at 1895 Walt Whitman Road. Northwell (formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System) will be acquiring a majority position in the center under a three-way ownership agreement with the Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America (ASCOA) and 15 physician owners.

The Melville Surgery Center specializes in general, gynecologic, ophthalmologic, orthopedic, plastic, podiatric, spine, urologic, chiropractic, pain management, and ear, nose and throat surgeries. With 60 surgeons credentialed to perform surgery there, the center cares for nearly 7000 patients annually. The 10,700-square-foot surgical center has four operating rooms, eight pre-operative stations, 13 post-operative stations and a procedure room.

“The partnership with the Melville Surgery Center is another clear example of how we’re partnering with physicians to strengthen patient-centered care in communities we serve throughout the New York metropolitan area,” said David Battinelli MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer.  “An ambulatory surgery facility offering a diverse spectrum of clinical expertise gives our patients additional options for superb medical care.”

"On behalf of the Melville Surgery Center, we couldn't be more pleased to forge a partnership with one of the leading health systems in the nation,” said Jay Youngerman, MD, president of Melville Surgery Center. “This new agreement with Northwell Health will not only advance our operational capabilities, it will go a long way toward ensuring the best care possible for our patients and our community at large." 

The agreement marks the seventh joint venture that Northwell Health has signed with operators of ambulatory surgery centers, with plans to open up to 20 additional ambulatory surgical centers throughout the New York area over the next several years. The health system’s current ambulatory surgery joint venture partners include: SurgiCare of Manhattan, Endoscopy Center of Long Island in Garden City, Garden City SurgiCenter, South Shore Surgery Center in Bay Shore, Suffolk Surgery Center in Shirley and Digestive Health Center of Huntington. The latter two centers are awaiting final certificate of need (CON) approval from the state Department of Health.

About Northwell Health
Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System) is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer. With 21 hospitals and nearly 450 outpatient practices, we serve more than 1.8 million people annually in the metro New York area and beyond. Our 61,000 employees work to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute. We're training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. And we offer health insurance through CareConnect. For information on our services in more than 100 medical specialties, visit


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