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DCH, TriHealth Finalize Formal Affiliation, Plan New L’burg Clinic

Posted On January 20, 2016

By Mike Perleberg

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Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg and Cincinnati-based TriHealth are developing plans for a multi-specialty clinic in Lawrenceburg staffed by TriHealth subspecialists. Photo by Mike Perleberg, Eagle Country 99.3.

(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Dearborn County Hospital, Lawrenceburg, Indiana, and TriHealth, Cincinnati, Ohio, have finalized an agreement affiliating the two healthcare entities.

“We are extremely pleased to be affiliated with one of the region’s most advanced and comprehensive healthcare systems,” stated Roger D. Howard, Dearborn County Hospital President/CEO.  “Our affiliation with TriHealth, which includes both Good Samaritan and Bethesda North Hospitals, will provide our patients with access to an expanded range of specialty and subspecialty care right here in Southeastern Indiana.”

The affiliation will also allow DCH to enhance both its level of care and scope of services. This will result in DCH being able to effectively treat more complex patients so that fewer individuals will need to travel to Cincinnati for routine or acute care.

“Our affiliation with TriHealth is great news for our patients and for the community,” emphasized Mr. Howard. “It underscores DCH’s commitment to providing our patients with exceptional care through innovative therapies and best practices, as well as by providing convenient access to outstanding primary, specialty and subspecialty physicians.”

“TriHealth is thrilled to move forward in partnership with Dearborn County Hospital to bring nationally-recognized clinical programs to the Dearborn County community,” said Mark Clement, TriHealth President and CEO. “This relationship will enable Dearborn County residents to have more specialized care closer to home – while providing seamless, affordable access to tertiary and critical care services at TriHealth’s Good Samaritan and Bethesda North Hospitals when needed.”

“We have already begun work with TriHealth to address some initial opportunities,” noted Mr. Howard.  “Currently, we are developing a seamless patient transfer process with the TriHealth hospitals which will help to expedite care for patients needing advanced services.  Also, we are working on the development of a multi-specialty clinic in Lawrenceburg staffed by TriHealth subspecialists.  Once open, this new facility will be a tremendous benefit for individuals who now have to travel to Cincinnati or other areas to see a subspecialist such as an endocrinologist or rheumatologist.

“In addition to patient care initiatives, we are excited about exploring the possibility of participating in the TriHealth provider network for purposes of contracting with health insurance plans and embracing innovative value based payment models,” continued Mr. Howard.

“Our affiliation with TriHealth is just in its infancy.  As we build a stronger and more in-depth working relationship with our TriHealth colleagues, I am sure we will discover many more opportunities for cooperation and/or collaboration,” he explained.  “All of our efforts will be directed at making DCH a more comprehensive source of quality care for our community.”

Dearborn County Hospital’s initial announcement of its plans to affiliate with TriHealth was made this past November following a 10 month process, initiated by DCH, to select a health system or hospital partner in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Financially strong, DCH will remain an independent hospital.  The affiliation with TriHealth will not affect the ownership of the hospital, its governance, administration or management, nor will it affect the hospital owned physician practices, DCH Physician Partners.  No money or assets were exchanged between DCH and TriHealth as a result of the affiliation.

Dearborn County Hospital is a general medical/surgical acute care hospital located in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.  County owned, DCH’s service area includes the Indiana counties of Dearborn, Ohio, Ripley, Switzerland and Franklin, in addition to nearby communities in Hamilton County, Ohio, and Boone County, Kentucky.  Owned by the hospital, DCH Physician Partners is comprised of 38 primary care and specialist physician practices located in offices throughout Southeastern Indiana.

TriHealth is comprised of Bethesda North, Bethesda Butler, TriHealth Evendale, Good Samaritan and McCullough-Hyde Hospitals and more than 130 other locations throughout Greater Cincinnati. These include an ambulatory network, physician practices, research division, employer-based health services, hospice care, and fitness and health facilities.

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