Van Wert Health will join OhioHealth as the 14th full member hospital

VAN WERT, Ohio — OhioHealth and Van Wert Health announced today that the two organizations’ boards of directors have voted to enter into a membership agreement that will make Van Wert Health a full member of the OhioHealth system.

Van Wert Health will become OhioHealth’s 14th full member hospital, a milestone that will be celebrated with a welcoming ceremony in early 2023. The event also marks the beginning of an integration period that is expected to continue into the next year.

The affirmative vote by both boards took place on December 14.

“OhioHealth is the best partner to deepen our commitment to patient safety, quality and patient experience. We approached our discussions with them very purposefully and ultimately chose OhioHealth because they provide the greatest long-term financial stability along with their unwavering commitment to providing local health care,” said Tom Turnwald, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Van Wert Health.

“OhioHealth and Van Wert Health share a vision to maintain high-quality, accessible and affordable health care in Van Wert County,” said John McWhorter, senior vice president and chief operating officer, OhioHealth. “Being part of the OhioHealth family ensures that Van Wert Health will continue to thrive with the resources, scale and benefits inherent in a large, quality-oriented health system like OhioHealth.”

The membership agreement will bring 34-bed Van Wert Hospital, its physicians, associates and four outpatient centers and physician practices under the OhioHealth umbrella.

“At our core, we’re here to take care of the people in our communities,” said John Bagley, interim president and CEO of Van Wert Health. “Health care is broader than what happens within the walls of a facility. This relationship provides the organizational scale and leadership talent needed to deliver exceptional patient care and strengthen local access to services.

“Van Wert Health is a natural fit for OhioHealth as we share a similar culture and values,” said Bruce Hagen, president, OhioHealth Region. “We are also impressed with their modern facilities, strong team of providers and associates, and their unwavering commitment to providing quality care. We are very excited to welcome Van Wert to the OhioHealth family and for the opportunity to serve the Van Wert community.”

On Dec. 14, OhioHealth’s board of directors also voted to welcome Guernsey Health Systems to the OhioHealth family, which includes Southeast Ohio Regional Medical Center, OhioHealth’s 13th hospital. Southeastern Med, located in Cambridge, Ohio, has been renamed OhioHealth Southeastern Medical Center as part of the membership agreement. A welcome party for Guernsey Health is scheduled for 11 January 2023.

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