Some answers we know today, but much remains to be decided. Submit your questions below and check back soon for updated questions and answers.
Yes, hospitals are partnering more and more often. It is becoming increasingly difficult for smaller rural hospitals to effectively manage the health and wellness of the populations they serve without smart, forward-looking collaborations with other healthcare organizations. As a municipally owned hospital – one of only two of left in the state – closer alignment with a larger health system isn’t legally permitted. This need was a driving factor in our decision to seek a change in ownership structure, so we can more closely align with a larger health system in order to realize the healthcare future our patients and the area deserve.
We have not yet entered the negotiation process. Right now, Berger’s Board of Governors, the Circleville City Council and the Pickaway County Board of Commissioners are working together to align on priorities as we prepare for formal deal talks, which will likely begin in the months to come.
We are optimistic we’ll have a deal in place with OhioHealth or definitive plans to pursue another partner by the end of 2018.
The goals for this partnership are the same goals established by the Board in the Fall of 2013 and used throughout the RFP process:
See here for more on the goals.
Berger employees may continue to participate in PERS. Should the time come where Berger transitions to a not-for-profit, know that Ohio state law does not allow a governmental hospital – which is what Berger is today – to become a not-for-profit and take away an employee’s PERS pension.
Yes. In October 2017, Berger and OhioHealth announced the renewal of their contracts under an unprecedented six-year deal, which allows Berger to transition the contracts to another party. So, if Berger aligns with a larger organization, the larger organization will honor the Berger and MediGold contract ensuring Pickaway County residents with MediGold can receive care locally.
Representatives from Berger’s Board of Governors, the Circleville City Council and the Pickaway County Board of Commissioners will join Tim Colburn, CEO of Berger Health System, in the negotiating process.
Nothing will change immediately. When we finalize a deal with a larger health system, patients and our community can expect to see direct benefits, such as:
Nothing will change immediately. When we finalize a deal with a larger health system, Berger’s employees and physicians can expect to see direct benefits, such as:
If we do not reach a deal with OhioHealth, we will seek another partner who shares our values, passion for high-quality local healthcare and commitment to the long-term success of our community. That said, we are optimistic we’ll have a deal in place with OhioHealth or – should a deal be unable to be reached with OhioHealth – definitive plans to pursue another partner by the end of 2018.