management agreement with OhioHealth
hospital CEO takes on double duty
January 9, 2009
University Medical Associates (UMA) signed an executive management
services agreement creating a new partnership to benefit residents
of Southeastern Ohio.
president of OhioHealth’s Doctors Hospital of Nelsonville, will now
also serve as chief executive director of UMA, Ohio University’s
College of Osteopathic Medicine’s faculty practice.
partnership means UMA and OhioHealth will be working even more
closely together to make sure we have the best health care for
everyone in our area.”
UMA now will have enhanced access to advanced health care
technologies, physicians and services of OhioHealth’s Riverside
Methodist, Doctors and Grant Hospitals, Swart said.
sophistication and cost of health care, we realize that some of the
highly specialized and high tech care needs to be provided in places
where they give that care on a routine basis. That’s where the link
with OhioHealth becomes so critical,” Swart said.
and research expertise of the UMA physicians combined with
technology and services provided by OhioHealth sites will benefit
patients in Southeastern Ohio, Swart said. For example, by utilizing
OhioHealth’s electronic medical record technology, UMA patients will
experience seamless access to services offered at the Columbus
arrangement makes a lot of sense given OhioHealth’s strong
partnership with OU-COM,” Swart said. “Doctors Hospital and other
OhioHealth care facilities have long served as training sites for
OU-COM students. UMA physicians are key to the OU-COM educational
process, and this now provides an even stronger link between the
physicians, students and hospitals.”
One of Swart’s
priorities will be recruiting and retaining the best physicians in
Southeastern Ohio. As the primary administrative leader for both
Doctors Hospital and UMA, he also will be working jointly with
physicians to help coordinate programs and services to provide
comprehensive, quality care for patients.
Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer Michael Bernstein
said his organization is excited about the new partnership.
an active member of the Nelsonville and Athens community for more
than 10 years. Not only do we have a hospital in Nelsonville, we
also have affiliate relationships with O’Bleness Memorial Hospital
in Athens and Hocking Valley Community Hospital in Logan. It is a
natural next step in our commitment to providing accessible,
high-quality health care to the region,” Bernstein said.
have offices in Parks Hall on the Ohio University campus, including
after-hour and weekend Express Care, and offices in the Castrop and
Cornwell Centers on the O’Bleness campus in Athens. The practice
also operates offices in Nelsonville, Albany, Coolville and Belpre.
a family of not-for-profit, faith-based hospitals and health care
organizations serving patients in central Ohio since 1891, and
Southeastern Ohio since 1993 when Doctors Hospital Nelsonville,
formerly St. Mary Hospital, joined OhioHealth.