University Hospital, the University of Cincinnati and University of Cincinnati Physicians announced they've created a new partnership called UC Health. The development comes as the 438-bed hospital is on track to be the last remaining party of the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, which at one time was a seven-hospital system and the biggest in the market. The University of Cincinnati Physicians includes about 650 faculty physicians of the university's College of Medicine. The hospital and the group remain separate legal entities, according to a news release. The partnership intends to build the new UC Health brand around the reputation of the university, and is promising more collaboration involving the hospital, physicians and research carried out at the university. University Hospital will continue to be a part of the Health Alliance, though it's not clear what that will mean in the coming months. In addition to University Hospital, the alliance for now still includes 185-bed Fort Hamilton Hospital in Hamilton, Ohio—which secured an agreement allowing it to leave the alliance and is seeking a new partner—and 209-bed Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati, which has a pending agreement to be sold to Mercy, Toledo, a division of Catholic Healthcare Partners. The dwindling system also owns the Drake Center, a 168-bed rehabilitation hospital in Cincinnati, and the new West Chester (Ohio) Medical Center. UC Health is led by David Stern, M.D., vice president for health affairs for the university and dean of the medical school; Thomas Boat, M.D., CEO of University of Cincinnati Physicians; and Lee Ann Liska, executive director and senior vice president of University Hospital.
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