Greater Cincinnati Associated Physicians has been acquired by the three-hospital Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati.
The group had been owned by its 31 physicians and was the largest independent medical practice in the area, with eight offices in west Cincinnati and suburban Hamilton County.
The deal, which closed Nov. 6, was a full-asset purchase that allows the group to retain its name and management structure, said alliance spokesman Tony Condia. He declined to reveal the financial terms.
Condia said that the alliance will work with the practices executive director, Pamela Zipperer-Davis, to expand its size and reach. Zipperer-Davis did not return calls seeking comment before deadline. In January, she was quoted in a local business newspaper saying the physicians days of independence were numbered because market forces are not in our favor.
The alliance continues to be embroiled in litigation over the terms of separation with three departing members, 470-bed Christ Hospital in Cincinnati and the two St. Luke hospitals in Fort Thomas and Florence, Ky., which have bed counts of 217 and 177, respectively. The system operates 446-bed University Hospital and 200-bed Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati and 175-bed Fort Hamilton Hospital in Hamilton, Ohio, and is building a new hospital in West Chester, Ohio. -- by Gregg Blesch