Then there was one

Uni­ver­sity of Cincin­nati left alone as other Health Al­liance mem­bers drop out

Modern Healthcare - - Regional News - Gregg Blesch

The re­main­ing mem­bers of the Health Al­liance of Greater Cincin­nati have reached a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing that leaves the Uni­ver­sity of Cincin­nati as the al­liance’s sole mem­ber and guides an or­derly divvy­ing up of shared as­sets.

With the res­o­lu­tion comes the com­ple­tion of the pre­vi­ously an­nounced sale of al­liance mem­ber 209-bed Jewish Hospi­tal, Cincin­nati, to Mercy Health Part­ners, a south­west Ohio divi­sion of 32-hospi­tal Catholic Health­care Part­ners, also in Cincin­nati.

The $180 mil­lion deal was de­layed at the re­quest of Ohio At­tor­ney Gen­eral Richard Cor­dray, who asked that the par­ties en­ter me­di­a­tion to ad­dress the uni­ver­sity’s con­cerns that a hap­haz­ard un­rav­el­ing of the al­liance could hob­ble 481-bed Uni­ver­sity Hospi­tal’s abil­ity to shoul­der its safety net ser­vices. The par­ties now ex­pect to sign a fi­nal set­tle­ment agree­ment by March 31.

The uni­ver­sity and Jewish Hospi­tal for 18 months would be jointly re­spon­si­ble for the Drake Cen­ter, the al­liance’s re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion hospi­tal. The tran­si­tion pe­riod, ac­cord­ing to a news release, will al­low the Drake Cen­ter’s board, ad­min­is­tra­tors and lo­cal of­fi­cials to de­vise a long-term plan for the fa­cil­ity, which is “mount­ing un­sus­tain­able losses that UC Health alone still could not sup­port.” UC Health is the name adopted last year by the Uni­ver­sity of Cincin­nati, Uni­ver­sity Hospi­tal and Uni­ver­sity of Cincin­nati Physi­cians af­ter each of the other al­liance mem­bers had made it clear they in­tended to drop out.

UC Health, un­der the agree­ment, will keep West Ch­ester (Ohio) Med­i­cal Cen­ter, a hospi­tal built by the al­liance that opened last year, as well as the physi­cian group Al­liance Pri­mary Care. The other with­draw­ing hospi­tal, 187-bed Fort Hamil­ton Hospi­tal in Hamil­ton, Ohio, in Fe­bru­ary an­nounced plans to be­come part of Ket­ter­ing Health Net­work, a sys­tem based in Day­ton, Ohio.

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