Organizational History and Profile
August of 1996, Health Star Network, Inc. (d/b/a Stellaris Health Network) was formed by
White Plains Hospital Center (White Plains, NY) and Northern Westchester Hospital
(Mt. Kisco, NY). In recognition of dramatic
changes occurring in the regional health care marketplace, HealthStar was created to
partner like-minded healthcare entities. These
organizations recognized the value of collaboration, synergy, and leverage, and determined
to form an alliance to improve health care quality and performance, and reduce costs.
Stellaris Health Network, the regions first community hospital network,
evolved out of the member organizations' shared vision to maintain local decision making
and delivery of high quality health care services.
Together, the organizations set an agenda for working together to
accomplish goals that, alone, would be more difficult (or impossible) to achieve. Among the most important initiatives, the
organizations envisioned the design and installation of a high quality information
technology infrastructure. Other core
objectives included reduction of expenses through supply chain centralization initiatives,
and sharing of best practices to improve the quality of services and clinical care offered
to our patients.
In March, 1997 Lawrence Hospital Center (Bronxville, NY) joined
the Network, and in October 1997 Phelps Memorial Hospital Center (Sleepy Hollow, NY)
followed suit. In recognition of the
importance of the Medical Staff of the four hospitals, an independent Physician
Practitioner Association (NorthStar IPA) was established in 1999 to represent the needs
and voice of our Attending Physicians. Also
in 1999, the Network sponsored the formation of a physician Management Services
Organization (Stars MSO) to address the practice management needs of our affiliated
Starnet Health Plan was licensed by the New York State Department
of Health in 1999, as the first Integrated Delivery System (IDS) in the State of New York.
The IDS enables the Network to offer health insurance directly though our hospitals
and affiliated physicians to our community, though currently the Network does not provide
this commercial health insurance product. To reduce health care costs for our
institutions and their employees, and to ensure the best quality care, Stellaris serves as
a Third Party Administrator (TPA) for a self insured health plan offered to the employees
of our hospitals.
In 2000 the Network sponsored the formation of an Emergency
Medical Service (EMS), which provides municipal paramedic services to nearly one third of
Westchester County, New York. In addition,
Starnet Emergency Services (trade name- Westchester EMS) also provides ambulance,
ambulette and related services for the Network, individual clients, and other
In 2001 HealthStar Network, Inc. began operating under the
trade name of Stellaris Health Network. Stellaris
represents the stellar level of care and services we strive to deliver, and, poetically,
refers to the growing constellation of affiliates in our network. Based in Armonk,
NY, Stellaris Health Network is managed by Arthur A. Nizza, President and CEO.
Strategic goals for Stellaris include cost reduction initiatives such as
supply chain management; consolidated business functions such as joint insurance
procurement programs, managed care contracting, and HIPAA compliance; the implementation
of a state-of-the-art information system; and clinical initiatives such as the
sponsorship of an Emergency Medical Service (EMS).
As Stellaris pursues new program developments and joint initiatives, it will continue
to evolve as the regions leading healthcare system, dedicated to preserving high
quality, community-based care for residents of Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess,
Northern Bronx and Fairfield Counties.