Two Wyckoff Heights Medical Center Trustees Resign Over Possible Merger

John Rucigay and Frank Chiarello have resigned from the board of trustees at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., over the hospital's exploration of a merger with two other Brooklyn hospitals — Brooklyn Hospital Center and Interfaith Medical Center, according to a New York Daily News report.

The merger was recommended by the state's Medicaid Redesign Team, a group tasked with improving quality and cost for the state's Medicaid program. Mr. Rucigay, an attorney, is the son of Emil Rucigay who stepped down as the hospital's board chair in late January. All three men's actions took place as the board weights the possible merger.

Supporters of the merger say the changes in the board could make way for the merger, which is excepted to be led by the hospital's new CEO Ramon Rodriguez, who was part of the Redesign Team's Brooklyn work group.

The board has until Feb. 10 to submit an application for up to $450 million in grant funding to move toward a merger.

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