Four of Ohio's healthcare powerhouses—including University Hospitals and Summa Health System—have forged an alliance designed to allow the institutions to share best practices as they brace for the health industry's dramatic shift from a system that pays hospitals for the amount of services rendered to one that rewards providers for keeping people healthy.
The new independent organization, Health Innovations Ohio, also includes Columbus' Mount Carmel Health System and Cincinnati's Catholic Health Partners, which is in the process of purchasing a 30% stake in Summa. Taken together, the four organizations involved in the new venture reach 22% of the state's health care market.
Health Innovations Ohio's infrastructure has been in place for the last 18 months, but hospital officials were mum on the arrangement until, in their eyes, it had gained some traction. The new organization, which technically is organized as a limited liability company, is steered by Jim Reber, the former CEO of Catholic Health Partners' St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima, Ohio.