Brain and Spine Centers Jockey for Position

Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media , February 20, 2013

As the crow flies, the two facilities will be about three miles apart.

This close competition is uncommon but not rare, especially in the most fiercely competitive healthcare markets in the US. Still, it will be interesting to see how this plays out seeing as how both facilities will open their doors around the same time.

Both organizations are downplaying the competitive element by saying the proximity of the two centers is really just a win for patients that will make central Ohio a center for innovation in neuroscience healthcare.

"There are some elements of competition for the same patients, but I think you have to look at it broadly," Dr. Ali Rezai, neuroscience program director at OSU's Wexner Medical Center, told a local newspaper. "People all over the state of Ohio will come here for innovative care.

And it's true, the competition will benefit patients—the two organizations will strive to attain the best physicians, offer the best technologies, and give the best patient experience.

Still, I have a feeling that one will stand out. Let's compare what we know so far.

Riverside Methodist Hospital Neuroscience Institute will be a 10-story neuroscience and cardiovascular tower, slated to open in Summer 2015. It is projected to cost $321 million, with financing from hospital cash reserves. It will add 14 beds to its already excising 114 beds, as well as 32 beds that can be repurposed for neuroscience care.

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