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Berger Health System and OhioHealth Finalize Partnership Agreement


CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio – Berger Health System’s Board of Governors and leadership from OhioHealth announced today that they have finalized the details of an exclusive strategic partnership that will benefit the residents of Pickaway County and launch on January 1, 2015.

As partners, Berger and OhioHealth are focused on pursuing strategic opportunities to discover what can be accomplished for local patients and the community, while remaining independent.

“Today’s announcement marks the close of a nearly two-year effort by our Board to identify solutions to strengthen Berger for the long-term, and the beginning of what we know will be a successful partnership between two respected healthcare organizations in Central Ohio,” says Don McIlroy, chair, Berger Board of Governors. “As we take this next step, we are confident that our strategic partnership with OhioHealth will benefit our patients and strengthen both of our organizations in the years ahead.”

“We couldn’t be happier about this new partnership,” says Mike Louge, executive vice president and Chief Operating Officer of OhioHealth. “In the midst of all the change we are going through in healthcare, this partnership positions each organization for a strong future. Working together, we can utilize the best of both systems to enhance quality, improve efficiency and most importantly, keep more care local to this community. Our partnership will position both of us to better serve our communities in this new era of healthcare.”

Berger and OhioHealth’s partnership will directly benefit patients and the community by:

  • Enhancing local specialty services;
  • Increasing access to talent and new era competencies; and
  • Building upon Berger’s 80+ year legacy of service to Pickaway County.

At its core, the partnership between Berger and OhioHealth is a joint commitment by the two organizations to enable the community to receive expert care close to home. Berger and OhioHealth have already been partnering successfully to bring cardiology experts to Pickaway County. Through this new strategic partnership, we will build upon this success to continue to enhance local access to cardiology services and expand it to primary care, neurosciences and more.

“Instead of acting independently and competitively with all others, tomorrow’s successful hospitals will work in true partnership with neighboring hospitals, physicians and post-acute care providers to ensure they can  long serve their communities,” says Tim Colburn, president and CEO of Berger Health System. “Our partnership will enable us to meet and overcome industry and regional challenges while keeping care local.”“Most importantly, through this partnership, Berger and OhioHealth will deliver high-quality local care for patients and remain a vital community asset for Circleville and Pickaway County for years to come,” says McIlroy.

About Berger Health System 

Founded in 1930, Berger Health System is a full service hospital and community healthcare system serving the residents of Pickaway County and its surrounding communities. With over 200 physicians on its medical staff, Berger is committed to offering a full range of inpatient and outpatient care services across a number of Pickaway County locations. For more information on Berger Health System, visit us online at www.bergerhealth.com and follow us on Twitter @BergerHealthSys. 


About OhioHealth

OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare organization with Methodist roots. Based in Columbus, Ohio, OhioHealth is currently recognized as one of the top five large health systems in America by Truven Health Analytics and has been for five years in a row. It is also recognized by FORTUNE Magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” and has been for eight years in a row, 2007-2014.

Serving its communities since 1891, it is a family of 28,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, and a network of 11 hospitals, 50+ ambulatory sites, hospice, home-health, medical equipment and other health services spanning a 40-county area.

OhioHealth hospitals include OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Marion General Hospital, OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, OhioHealth MedCentral Mansfield Hospital, OhioHealth MedCentral Shelby Hospital and OhioHealth Rehabilitation Hospital. For more information, please visit our website at www.ohiohealth.com.