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Ohio hospitals form partnership to coordinate care

Four Ohio hospital systems announced this week that they are forming Health Innovations Ohio, an independent organization that will enable the hospitals to work together on a series of initiatives aimed at cutting costs and improving the health of their employees and patients (Source: “4 Ohio hospital systems collaborate on care, costs,” Columbus Dispatch, Sept. 5, 2013). 

The hospitals participating in the program are Columbus-based Mount Carmel Health System, Cincinnati-based Catholic Health Partners, Akron-based Summa Health System and Cleveland-based University Hospitals.

The group has worked together for more than a year but now has decided to publicize the partnership. Organizers said the collaboration aims to benefit patients by reducing fragmented, uncoordinated care and making sure the work of specialists is better connected around the needs of the patient.