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University Hospitals EMH Healthcare Sign Letter of Intent

Thursday, June 20, 2013

University Hospitals (UH) and EMH Healthcare (EMH) have signed a letter of intent to officially explore an integration that will add EMH to the University Hospitals health system, officials announced Thursday.

"At the forefront of this discussion is how to best serve the health care needs of our communities,” said Dr. Donald Sheldon, EMH’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our focus will be on the benefits that patients will see through this agreement and the efficiencies we can realize that will keep quality health care affordable for our residents and businesses."

University Hospitals will bring investments and new services as a major benefit to the new agreement including making EMH its flagship hospital based in Lorain County. Additional commitments may bring programs from internationally recognized centers of excellence such as UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital to the EMH campuses. UH’s academic-based mission will provide strong clinical research, leading-edge technology, innovative practices and initiatives that will enhance the patient experience and deliver the highest quality of care.

“Meeting the health care needs of our communities has been an unwavering commitment of University Hospitals since our founding in 1866,” said Thomas F. Zenty III, CEO of University Hospitals. “This new agreement will provide the residents of Lorain County the best opportunity to continue strengthening and improving the health of their community for years to come.”

EMH employs 2,100 Northeast Ohio residents and has campuses in Elyria, Amherst, Avon, Sheffield and North Ridgeville. University Hospitals employs 18,000 Ohio residents and its health system includes 10 hospitals and 20 outpatient health centers located throughout the region. Both organizations have won numerous recognitions for quality in patient care, safety and innovative practice. UH Case Medical Center, the academic medical center on the health system’s main campus, is one of only 13 hospitals in the country to rank in 12 of the U.S.News & World Report specialties for best outcomes in complex medical cases. UH’s internationally recognized Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital consistently ranks among the best children’s hospitals in the nation.

EMH Elyria Medical Center is a recipient of the Healthgrades “America’s 100 Best” Award ™ for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013) and ranks among the top 2% in the nation for overall clinical excellence.

“I’m incredibly pleased to be having these discussions with University Hospitals. EMH has a 100-year history of providing exceptional services and medical expertise,” adds Dr. Sheldon. “Given the economic realities of today along with what health care reform will bring in the future, this new vision of becoming part of UH will help ensure that EMH continues to be a valuable resource for the communities we serve and links us to a nationally recognized name in health care while preserving and strengthening the independent practice of medicine.”

The evaluation process is expected to last several months and hospital leadership anticipates reaching a final agreement by the end of this year.

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