Christ Hospital in Cincinnati and Brown County (Ohio) Regional HealthCare announced an affiliation agreement calling for cooperation among their hospitals and other facilities but no shared governance or exchange of assets.
Under the agreement, 470-bed Christ will provide tertiary care to patients of the public one-hospital system59-bed Brown County General Hospital in Georgetown is about 40 miles southeast of Cincinnatiand the new partners will collaborate on research, best practices and future treatment programs, Christ spokeswoman Heather Adkins said.
Meanwhile, Christ remains entangled in a legal battle over its 2006 decision to withdraw from the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati. The hospital prevailed in a trial over its right to quit the system, along with the two St. Luke hospitals in Kentucky, but mediated talks failed to yield an agreement that would settle accounts and guide the transition. The alliance, which has three remaining members, has renewed efforts to appeal the case, and a hearing scheduled for Dec. 7 will address Christs contention that the alliance should be dissolved. -- by Gregg Blesch
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