The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center plans to launch a home health joint venture with Alternate Solutions Health Network (ASHN) by August.
The venture, which will use The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center branding, will be jointly owned by OSU Holding Corp. and ASHN and will offer home health services to central Ohioans, according to a news release.
Under the venture, patients will be offered home care from a multi-disciplinary team after surgery, for chronic or acute conditions like cancer, if they are older, for nursing care or for rehabilitation services. "Home health is a critical component to the overall continuum of care and, when done right, leads to better patient outcomes and lower costs," Dr. Hal Paz, executive vice president and chancellor for health affairs at The Ohio State University and CEO of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, said in a statement. "This new venture will provide our patients high-quality connected care, reduce preventable hospital readmissions and expenses, enhance operational efficiencies, and expand access while closing gaps in care for the full spectrum of the populations we serve."
OSU said the new partnership will create new jobs for nurses, therapists and home health aides in the area.
"This partnership brings together a top academic health system and a leading post-acute care provider to serve the growing needs of the patients in our community," David Ganzsarto, ASHN CEO, said in a statement. "Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Alternate Solutions Health Network have an aligned commitment to clinical excellence guided by innovation. Together we will deliver compassionate, quality care to patients in their home."
ASHN is based in Kettering, Ohio, and is in joint venture partnerships with 80 hospitals in five states to provide post-acute care.