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Health care execs on a partnership that was “a long time coming”

Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine has partnered with TriHealth for decades, but last year, the organizations came together as part of a “conversation that was a long time coming,” according to Andy Blankemeyer, CEO at Beacon, in this episode of the Getting Health Care Right podcast.

“We are now co-invested in surgery centers across Cincinnati. Our existing surgery centers as well as TriHealth’s existing Evendale Hospital are now all part of a joint venture, and we have combined our physician groups as well,” says Blankemeyer.

“The partnership brings together two unique organizations: (Beacon), the regional leader in orthopedic care, and TriHealth, the region’s largest integrated delivery system,” says Mark Clement, president and CEO of TriHealth. “We recognized the commonality of our visions half a decade ago and went to work on figuring out how we could come together to deliver a higher level of orthopedic care across the full continuum, not just in the ambulatory setting.”

Blankemeyer and Clement share more about the landmark deal with host Jamie Smith, market president and publisher of the Cincinnati Business Courier. Listen to the episode to hear more about:

  • Why an integrated approach to patient care is better than the “push-pull” of independent groups and hospital systems.
  • Ways outpatient orthopedic care can keep health costs down and save employers money.
  • Other partnerships that support TriHealth’s goal of optimizing population health.
  • Reactions among area health care payers to the Beacon-TriHealth partnership announcement.

Read more at the Cincinnati Business Courier.