HealthSpan and Mercy in Lorain Partner to Improve Care and Extend Coverage

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(Cleveland/Lorain, February 10, 2014) With a commitment to make health care easier, both HealthSpan and Mercy in Lorain County have announced a partnership to provide better care at a more affordable price and keep people healthier. Beginning in January, HealthSpan’s Signature and Traditional HMO plans expanded to include the services and employed providers of Mercy.

“This addition provides members of HealthSpan’s HMO plans with more health care options and greater access to physicians, hospitals and health care services,” said Ken Page, President HealthSpan Integrated Care. “The decision to add Mercy to HealthSpan’s network was done in the best interest of HealthSpan members, especially those living and working in western Cuyahoga and Lorain counties.”

HealthSpan members now have expanded options and enhanced access to the high quality Mercy health system network, located throughout Lorain County. This includes over 50 providers through Mercy Health Physicians, Mercy Regional Medical Center, Mercy Allen Hospital, and care delivered by Mercy New Life Hospice, Mercy Cancer Center, Mercy Diagnostic Centers and other outpatient services.

“Mercy is committed to improving the health of our community by delivering high quality, compassionate care that is easily accessible”, said Edwin Oley, CEO and President of Mercy.  “We are excited to partner with HealthSpan to offer more members of our community the opportunity to experience Mercy providers and services.”

The partnership enables Mercy and HealthSpan physicians to provide high quality patient care, share best practices and gain experience and understanding in each other’s models of care. Both healthcare organizations offer Medical Home based primary care programs and have shared beliefs and commitments to Northeast Ohio to make a positive impact on health care delivery in this region.

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About HealthSpan

HealthSpan, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, has been caring for Ohioans for nearly 50 years. HealthSpan is committed to making health care easier and more affordable to help members and patients be well. It provides health care coverage through its self-insured, individual, commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid plans throughout Ohio. HealthSpan also delivers integrated care through its multispecialty medical group located in Northeast Ohio, and partners with Catholic Health Partners and its care delivery system that includes Mercy Health in Cincinnati, Humility of Mary Health Partners in Youngstown, Mercy in Toledo and Lorain, St. Rita’s in Lima, Community Mercy Health Partners in Springfield and Lordes in Kentucky. In 2013, HealthSpan acquired Kaiser Permanente Ohio. For more information, visit HealthSpan.org or follow on twitter.com/myhealthspan and facebook.com/myhealthspan.

About Mercy

Mercy is a full-service, not-for-profit, integrated healthcare system that provides inpatient, outpatient and ancillary services to Lorain County and the surrounding communities. Mercy has a long history of over 120 years of delivering quality care to the community and has been recognized by top health care organizations in the country and it is a member of Catholic Health Partners, the largest health system in Ohio.  For more information, visit MercyOnline.org.

 

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