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Samaritan Regional Health System to integrate with University Hospitals

University Hospitals and Samaritan Regional Health System have completed all actions necessary for the full integration of Samaritan Regional Health System and the UH health system. To reflect the integration with UH, Samaritan Regional Health System will be called University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center.

“Together we have new and exciting opportunities to serve the residents of Ashland County and surrounding communities,” said Thomas F. Zenty III, CEO of University Hospitals. “We look forward to growing and enhancing Samaritan’s services and programs to continue their long-standing tradition of providing patient-focused, superior-quality health care close to home.”

During the integration, UH will work closely with Samaritan’s board of directors, physicians, leadership, employees and volunteers to bring investments and cost efficiencies that will benefit the communities served, including enhancements to facilities, equipment, services and technologies. Additionally, UH will provide leading-edge technology, innovative practices, strong clinical research and other initiatives that will complement and grow Samaritan’s highly regarded clinical programs.

“Integrating into the University Hospitals system will further strengthen Samaritan and help us sustain our mission to provide high-quality patient-centered health care to our patients and the communities that we serve,” said Danny Boggs, President and CEO of Samaritan. “UH also has an outstanding record of employee and medical staff engagement. We are confident that becoming part of UH is in the best interests of our patients, the Ashland County community, our employees and medical staff. UH is consistently recognized as one of the leading health systems in the country and we are very proud and excited to become part of the UH system.”

Located in Ashland, Samaritan is a 55-bed acute-care, inpatient facility. Twenty-four hour emergency department services are available at the hospital in addition to a state-of-the-art surgical suite and birthing and women’s unit. Satellite offices located throughout Ashland County offer convenient access to radiology and laboratory services, in addition to urgent care, pain care, occupational health and sleep medicine. The Samaritan Professional Corporation employs 35 physicians and primary care providers to meet the health care needs of the community.

UH now employs more than 26,000 Ohio residents and is the second-largest employer in Northeast Ohio. The health system is an integrated network of 16 hospitals, including its relationships with Southwest General Health Center and St. John Medical Center, and more than 35 outpatient health centers located in 15 counties throughout the Northeast Ohio region. Other hospitals that have recently joined the UH system include UH Elyria Medical Center, UH Parma Medical Center and UH Portage Medical Center.

UH Case Medical Center is the health system’s nationally recognized academic medical center, providing primary, specialty and subspecialty medical and surgical care. Its 35-acre campus in Cleveland’s University Circle also includes UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, UH Seidman Cancer Center and UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital.

November 13, 2015