The Healthy State Alliance has identified 10 objectives. Due to the pressing health care needs in the state, it will focus early efforts on three objectives in particular: addressing the opioid epidemic and increasing access to cancer and transplant care.
- Ohio is among the top five worst states1 in the nation with the highest rate of opioid-related deaths; more than 4,000 Ohioans died of unintentional overdose in 2016.
- Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Ohio and the United States. Ohio is among the nation’s leaders in both cancer rates and cancer-related deaths – with more than 25,000 Ohioans dying from cancer in 20164.
- One Ohioan dies every other day waiting for a life-saving transplant, and more than 3,000 Ohioans are waiting for a life‐saving transplant at any given time5.
“This is a phenomenal opportunity to combine our expansive footprint with one of the nation’s preeminent academic medical centers to ensure our patients get access to the best available care closer to home,” said John M. Starcher, Jr., President and CEO, Bon Secours Mercy Health. “Together, we can work in new and creative ways that haven’t been done before. We will be nimble, share our best thinking and collaborate among our care providers much faster than we could by working alone.”
Together, the organizations have a shared vision for a better health care future and a focused mission to treat every person they serve with dignity, respect and excellence. The Alliance will also bring exciting opportunities for collaboration and access to continuing medical and graduate education, and training for the organizations’ employees and physicians.
“We are determined to create healthier communities throughout the state of Ohio and across the region. Through the Healthy State Alliance, we are uniquely positioned for success based on our shared vision of convenient access to differentiated clinical care across the state, a relentless focus on quality, our combined size and scale, a focus on decreasing costs and our similar values and culture,” said David McQuaid, Chief Executive Officer, The Ohio State University Health System and Chief Operating Officer, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
The collective resources of both organizations will fuel the Alliance’s bold ambition, providing increased access to more than 50,000 team members and more than 600 points of care throughout the state. Additionally, patients will benefit from enhanced access to one of the nation’s premier transplant centers that has already saved more than 9,600 lives, one of only 49 National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the country and assets of one of America’s leading research universities, which will be leveraged to address the most critical health needs in Ohio and beyond.
Please visit healthystateforall.org for more information on Healthy State Alliance.