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Wyckoff Heights Board Chair Steps Down Over Merger With Brooklyn Hospital Center

Emil Rucigay, chair of Wyckoff Heights Medical Center's board of trustees, has stepped down as leader over his dissatisfaction with the hospital's plans to merge with two other Brooklyn, N.Y., hospitals — Brooklyn Hospital Center and Interfaith Medical Center, according to a Crain's New York Business report.

Mr. Rucigay will remain on the board but stepped down to protest the hospital's decision to explore a merger that would give control to Brooklyn Hospital Center. 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.

Under Mr. Rucigay's leadership, Wyckoff's board opposed the merger because it did not want to give up control. However, the hospital recently hired Ramon Rodriguez, a member of the redesign team's Brooklyn work group as its president and CEO. The board has until Feb. 10 to submit an application for up to $450 million in grant funding to move toward a merger.

Last week the hospital's medical staff signed a letter asking for Mr. Rucigay's resignation.

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