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WILM­ING­TON, Ohio—

Clin­ton County, Ohio, com­mis­sion­ers this month voted unan­i­mously to ne­go­ti­ate a let­ter of in­tent to sell the county-owned CMH Re­gional Health Sys­tem, Wilm­ing­ton, to in­vestorowned Re­gion­alCare Hos­pi­tal Part­ners, Brent­wood, Tenn., ac­cord­ing to CMH. The sys­tem’s main as­set is 85-bed Clin­ton Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal, Wilm­ing­ton. Un­der the out­line of the deal, Re­gion­alCare would pay Cincin­nati, with LifePoint Hos­pi­tals, Brent­wood. Tax-ex­empt TriHealth, Cincin­nati, also was a bid­der.

KET­TER­ING, Ohio—

Ket­ter­ing Med­i­cal Cen­ter plans to es­tab­lish a pro­ton­ther­apy cen­ter in the next three years at a cost of up to $80 mil­lion. The 407-bed hos­pi­tal, the flag­ship of fourhos­pi­tal Ket­ter­ing Health Net­work, has se­cured fi­nanc­ing through San Fran­cisco-based Amer­i­can Shared

TOLEDO, Ohio—

ProMed­ica Health Sys­tem has strength­ened its ties to the Uni­ver­sity of Toledo. Un­der a new agree­ment, the uni­ver­sity will lead clin­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and re­search through­out the seven-hos­pi­tal sys­tem, with over­sight by a new board with equal rep­re­sen­ta­tion from the two or­ga­ni­za­tions. The part­ner­ship ex­tends to ProMed­ica’s res­i­den­cies in fam­ily prac­tice, sports medicine and vas­cu­lar surgery as well as phar­macy, nurs­ing and al­lied health pro­grams. The uni­ver­sity also will pro­vide ad­min­is­tra­tive sup­port to ex­pand clin­i­cal re­search con­ducted at ProMed­ica fa­cil­i­ties. “ In sign­ing this agree­ment, we en­gage with a strong aca­demic part­ner that ad­dresses an es­sen­tial need for ProMed­ica in achiev­ing our vi­sion to in­crease our role as an aca­demic med­i­cal cen­ter, and to ex­pand our ca­pa­bil­i­ties in clin­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion ex­cel­lence, re­search and grants,” ProMed­ica Pres­i­dent and CEO Randy Oos­tra said in a news re­lease.

PIERRE, S.D.—

A mul­ti­spe­cialty group of physi­cians em­ployed by Avera in Pierre is ex­plor­ing a for­mal col­lab­o­ra­tion agree­ment with the lo­cal hos­pi­tal, 60-bed St. Mary’s Health­care Cen­ter, with the goal of strength­en­ing ef­forts to re­cruit doc­tors to the area. The col­lab­o­ra­tive agree­ment be­tween the two-dozen Avera physi­cians and St. Mary’s Health­care could make the en­ti­ties el­i­gi­ble for grants un­der the health­care re­form law, which was de­signed to en­cour­age physi­cians to serve ru­ral and med­i­cally un­der­served pop­u­la­tions such as Pierre and sur­round­ing re­gions, said Jean Reed, a se­nior vice pres­i­dent with Avera. Reed said the two en­ti­ties are not dis­cussing a merger. Rather, of­fi­cials are con­sid­er­ing some type of pro­fes­sional ser­vices agree­ment that would al­low for joint plan­ning on physi­cian re­cruit­ment, and no dead­line to for­mal­ize the agree­ment has been set. The Pierre physi­cians be­came part of Avera nearly two years ago, and the group will soon change its cor­po­rate name to Avera Med­i­cal Group Pierre, Reed said.

Clin­ton Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal, Wilm­ing­ton, Ohio, is part of CMH Re­gional Health Sys­tem. County com­mis­sion­ers ne­go­ti­ated a let­ter of in­tent to sell the sys­tem.

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