ProMedica teams with five systems to form health collaborativeWritten by Tom Konecny | | firstname.lastname@example.org
ProMedica has partnered with five other health systems in Ohio to form a large-scale, collaborative entity called the Midwest Health Collaborative.
While remaining independent, the six health care organizations will work together to assess feasibility of creating a statewide provider network, exchange best practices, share resources, reduce costs, develop innovative ways for health care across large populations and reduce care variation.
“Hospital systems across the country are establishing a variety of networks of care ranging from alliances, joint ventures and some complete mergers,” said Tedra White, ProMedica director of public relations. “The members of MHC share a common vision for how to transform health care by addressing current and emerging national issues while strengthening our caring missions to our local communities.”
The mission is to improve the value of health care services delivered to patients and communities throughout Ohio, according to a news release.
The collaborative is comprised of ProMedica, Aultman in Canton/Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland/Northeast Ohio, OhioHealth in Columbus, Premier Health in Dayton and TriHealth in Cincinnati.
This is the first time these systems have worked together or collaborated on anything, but as White indicated, it is not a first nationally.
Stratus Healthcare, based in Greensboro, Ga., is a collaborative partnership of Georgia hospitals formed in July 2013, the largest of its kind in the Southeast.
Each of the six health system CEOs, including ProMedica CEO and President Randy Oostra, will represent their own system with the MHC, serving as its representative. Oostra will not receive a separate salary from MHC as a result of his involvement.
When and where the first meeting will be held has not been determined, nor has the frequency of meetings, White said. Similarly, discussion is needed on any possible lead chair for the collaborative.
“We are in the very early stages of this collaborative, so all of those details are still being discussed,” White said.
In all, MHC represents 40 hospitals, hundreds of care sites and more than 100,000 employees across Ohio, according to a news release.
Key initiatives over the next several years will focus on “supply chain and cost transformation, identifying tailored and innovative payment models and creating an actively managed large-scale network,” according to the release. There will also be an emphasis on sharing best practices.