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ProMedica and Cleveland Clinic have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a health system affiliation designed to better position both organizations to anticipate and proactively respond to the region’s evolving healthcare needs.

As a result of this relationship, Cleveland Clinic and ProMedica will work together to create a clinically-aligned network that will provide high-quality, cost-effective and technologically advanced clinical services.

“Through this affiliation, ProMedica and Cleveland Clinic will collaborate to address current and emerging national issues in healthcare, while maintaining their caring missions to their local communities,” said Randy Oostra, president and CEO of ProMedica. “Who better to transform healthcare than healthcare? This alliance represents an inside-out approach to healthcare transformation.”

Initial opportunities for collaboration include the Cleveland Clinic’s Quality Alliance, shared services, clinical and operational standardization, as well as patient access and information technology.

As the two organizations move forward with their affiliation, groundwork will be laid for further integration in the future.

“In this transformational time in healthcare, a new level of collaboration is required and health systems are integrating in unique ways,” said Toby M. Cosgrove, M.D., president and chief executive officer, Cleveland Clinic. “This affiliation will allow Cleveland Clinic and ProMedica to work together to improve efficiency, reduce costs and drive quality and value to patients.”

Nationally, healthcare organizations are moving from a hospital-centric model to a more population-centric model. What that means is, organizations are looking for innovative ways to collaborate to provide access to coordinated care across large populations. Health systems are networking to increase standardization of care and reduce care variation.

“Increasingly, healthcare organizations from across larger geographic regions will network to improve care in local communities as well as for broader populations,” said Stephen H. Staelin, chairman of the ProMedica Board of Trustees. “What’s being expected are new, sophisticated capabilities to deliver value-based care. We can build these capabilities together, along with economies of scale and skill.”

The first step in the health system affiliation is the establishment of an Affiliation Steering Committee to be co-chaired by representatives from Cleveland Clinic and ProMedica. The steering committee will be responsible for oversight, guidance, and development of the relationship.

“This is an important step in the new healthcare realm, which will integrate Cleveland Clinic and ProMedica in deeper ways to enhance healthcare delivery and strengthen our ability to jointly explore additional clinical and functional collaborations,” said Robert E. Rich, Chairman, Cleveland Clinic Board of Directors.

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