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OVMC, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Create New Affiliation

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WHEELING - The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Ohio Valley Health Services and Education Corp. are joining forces to offer area residents an option closer to home for their health care needs.

Ohio Valley Health Services and Education Corp. is the parent company of Ohio Valley Medical Center (OVMC) in Wheeling and East Ohio Regional Hospital (EORH) in Martins Ferry.

Under the agreement, the two health systems will remain independent but work together to develop close-to-home care options for residents who would normally travel to Ohio State for highly-specialized treatments. Collaborations in areas such as cancer, heart and vascular care, neurosurgery, telemedicine, urology, diabetes management and community wellness/prevention programs are being discussed.

“We’re excited that this affiliation will expand access to specialized medical care for many more people in our region,” said Dr. Steven G. Gabbe, senior vice president of Health Sciences and CEO of Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center. “We also see many opportunities to increase medical education and clinical research in the area, and to help OVMC/EORH create innovative health solutions for the community.”

The two systems will also explore other opportunities, such as adding OVMC and EORH as clinical rotation sites for some of Ohio State’s College of Medicine students, and expanding patient access to clinical trials.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is one of the largest and most diverse academic medical centers in the country, and the only academic medical center in central Ohio.

Ohio Valley Medical Center and East Ohio Regional Hospital are a 340-bed combined organization with more than 1,600 employees providing the area’s only comprehensive orthopedic centers of excellence, behavioral and mental health services, and board-certified emergency services.
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