Medina (Ohio) General Hospital may become a member of Cleveland-based University Hospitals network, according to a memorandum of understanding announced this week.
The announcement did not describe the nature of the potential affiliation tying 118-bed Medina to University Hospitals, which owns six hospitals and has partnerships with another four. The relationship, to be crafted during a period of due diligence, could enhance and expand Medinas primary-care network and critical-care program as well as provide access to University Hospitals centers of excellence, according to the release.
Our board gave serious consideration over many months to this decision, looking at several partnership options, Medina President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Hallman is quoted as saying.
Medina General, about 35 miles south of Cleveland and 20 miles west of Akron, had been reported to be in talks with 468-bed Akron General Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic and Akron-based Summa Health System in addition to University Hospitals. Summa, a three-hospital system, is negotiating the purchase of 226-bed Barberton (Ohio) Citizens Hospital from Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems. -- by Gregg Blesch
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