The parties to the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati signed a final agreement that effectively puts an end to what once was a regionally dominant league of five healthcare organizations. The resolution follows a memorandum of understanding reached in March.
Final agreement ending Cincinnati alliance is signed
“The signing of this agreement clears the way for the evolution of the Health Alliance into a new physician-led health system that will be better suited to provide the best patient care in the region and more seamless operation for all involved,” Health Alliance co-CEOs Dorman Fawley and Rick Hinds wrote in a memo to employees.
The final agreement sorts out the complex severing of assets and joint ownership interests belonging to 209-bed Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati and 187-bed Fort Hamilton Hospital in Hamilton, Ohio. The Health Alliance declined to disclose details. According to the memorandum of understanding, Jewish Hospital owned a 45% interest in the alliance, and Fort Hamilton held a 6% interest, with the balance owned by the University of Cincinnati, owner of 481-bed University Hospital.
The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati has sold Jewish Hospital to Mercy Health Partners, a southwest Ohio division of Catholic Healthcare Partners. Fort Hamilton, meanwhile, has a tentative deal to be acquired by Kettering Health Network, a system based in Dayton, Ohio.
The University of Cincinnati last year created UC Health as a new nameplate for University Hospital and University of Cincinnati Physicians, and which now will include physician group Alliance Primary Care and West Chester (Ohio) Medical Center, a new suburban hospital the alliance opened in 2009.
Local media have reported the system plans to replace the top executives with physician leaders at University Hospital and West Chester Medical Center. University and Health Alliance officials declined to confirm those reports.
The splintering of the alliance began in 2006 when two dissatisfied member organizations began a legal battle that ultimately separated them from the system.
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