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Specialists Partner With Hospital to Form UC Health
Published September 2009
UC, University of Cincinnati Physicians and University Hospital announced on Friday, Aug. 21, that they have come together to form UC Health.
This new collaboration blends the Tristate’s largest group of specialists with the area’s premier teaching hospital and trauma center. Together, they comprise more than 650 clinicians, a 650-bed hospital, 20 clinical locations across the region and a growing medical campus in West Chester, which includes a medical office building and UC Health Surgical Hospital (formerly University Pointe Surgical Hospital).
“The University of Cincinnati has been a leader in health care for nearly 200 years and today we will make certain that future generations will benefit from that leadership,” said Monica Rimai, interim president of the University of Cincinnati, at the Aug. 21 event announcing the new partnership. “We will build this new partnership on the strength of the University of Cincinnati and the region’s most preferred hospital.
“Greater Cincinnatians value UC as an anchor institution in our community, a key developer of young talent, a leading innovator, and a trusted provider of health care. The residents of our region believe that when the University of Cincinnati attaches its name to something, they can expect quality, commitment and permanence.
“We will continue to support the preservation of the critical support functions provided by the Health Alliance and work with all the partners to transition the organization to continue to meet the current health care needs of our community.”
David Stern, MD, College of Medicine dean and vice president for health affairs at UC, said UC Health has grown out of shared strategic planning efforts among the hospital, the medical college and its physician practice.
“UC Health is more than just a new name,” said Stern. “It will allow us to continue to sustain and support a college of medicine, a faculty who teach, treat and discover, and a hospital that takes on the toughest cases and succeeds. Our progress has been and will be essential to our status as a great city.
“More important to everyone in Cincinnati and across the region, it’s your insurance that when you need the best care possible, you will find it right in your back yard. There’s hardly a family in Greater Cincinnati who hasn’t been touched by University Hospital or the physicians of the University of Cincinnati.”
Thomas Boat, MD, chief executive officer of University of Cincinnati Physicians, said this new partnership will build on the service excellence programs at University Hospital and the re-engineering efforts of University of Cincinnati Physicians that have already improved access, quality and communication.
“UC Health speaks to the outcomes we wish to achieve for the people of Cincinnati. It speaks to our desire to improve health across the Greater Cincinnati region. It speaks to our willingness to share our discoveries around the globe. UC Health represents a deep commitment to patient-centered care, drawing every day from those who study and improve the practice of medicine, and those who teach our community’s future health professionals.”
University Hospital and University of Cincinnati Physicians—the region’s largest group of medical specialists—provide outpatient care to nearly 620,000 people each year. There are nearly 80,000 yearly emergency room visits to University Hospital and annual hospital admissions top 27,000.
University Hospital boasts many unique services, including the region’s only accredited adult burn intensive care unit, a Level I trauma center, the Center for Neurovascular Disease (which serves as the home for the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Stroke Team), the Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (C-STARS) Air Force training program, and the Tristate’s only 24/7 emergency department-based psychiatric in-take area.
There are many collaborative programs between UC and University Hospital, including the UC Neuroscience Institute and the UC Barrett Cancer Institute, with others in development.
In the area of cardiovascular services, University Hospital consistently performs within the 90-minute national “door-to-balloon” time requirement, getting heart patients admitted and into the hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab in as few as 16 minutes.
“In making this public acknowledgement of our longstanding relationship with UC, we give additional power to our aspirations to join the ranks of the greatest hospitals around the globe,” said Lee Ann Liska, executive director and senior vice president of University Hospital.
“We have plenty of reasons to believe that we can succeed. Together we celebrated the news earlier this year of the Clinical and Translational Science Award that will speed discoveries from bench to bedside. We welcomed the opening of beautiful new women’s health facilities. And we honored the crews of Air Care on its 25th anniversary.
“Here at University Hospital, we know our record of success in treating the toughest cases and providing our region with resources no other hospital can match.
“UC Health is a partnership built on a commitment to community, medical ‘firsts’ and a tradition of quality,” she added. “It symbolizes a re-dedication to that commitment and a reminder to our community that we have been providing care in Cincinnati for nearly 200 years, and most importantly, we will continue to be the place to turn for health care for generations to come.”