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John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , June 16, 2014

OH State's Wexner Medical Ctr. Enters Affiliation
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Ohio Valley Health Services and Education Corp. are creating an affiliation that will serve the Ohio Valley region, the two health systems have announced jointly.
Ohio Valley Health Services & Education Corp. is the parent company of Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling, WV, and East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry, OH.

"We're excited that this affiliation will expand access to specialized medical care for many more people in our region," Steven G. Gabbe, MD, senior vice president of Health Sciences and CEO of Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center, said in prepared remarks. "We also see many opportunities to increase medical education and clinical research in the area, and to help OVMC/EORH create innovative health solutions for the community."

Under the affiliation, the two health systems will remain independent, but work together to develop close-to-home care options for residents who would normally travel to Ohio State for highly-specialized treatments. Collaborations in areas such as cancer, heart and vascular care, neurosurgery, telemedicine, urology, diabetes management and community wellness/prevention programs are being discussed.

The two systems will also explore other opportunities, such as adding OVMC and EORH as clinical rotation sites for some of Ohio State's College of Medicine students, and expanding patient access to clinical trials, the systems said in a joint media release.

"We're proud to bring advanced, specialized care from a nationally ranked academic medical center to our patients and to serve a critical need in the Ohio Valley," Michael J. Caruso, president/CEO of OVHS&E, said in a media release. "Additionally, by working with Ohio State, we'll achieve greater efficiencies, lower costs and build a stronger community hospital system through shared electronic health records, group purchasing programs and other shared services."

Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center and OVMC/EORH will form an affiliation advisory council that will set the overall strategic goals, facilitate the plans and identify opportunities for both hospital systems.

Spillers says HHHS wanted a partner with the expertise in managing Medicaid populations and who was willing to share the risk under the capitated model for the population they're serving.

"We felt like if they had skin in the game they're more likely to make sure we are successful," he says. "If you are just providing services and you are going to make your money regardless of what happens to us that is not a partnership as far as I am concerned."

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