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Posted: 12/6/2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Berger Health System in Circleville has become the newest member of the Ohio State Health Network. Founded in 1995 by The Ohio State University Medical Center, the network provides cost savings and educational and professional networking opportunities to member hospitals. In addition, network hospitals have access to many resources at The Ohio State University Health System.

Berger Health System’s membership in the network will enable an exchange of ideas and resources with other hospitals and health care systems that can ultimately improve the medical care of Pickaway County residents, according to Tim Colburn, CEO of Berger Health.

“Berger Health System continues to explore partnerships that enhance the value and quality of healthcare for our community.  We are excited about the opportunity to partner with the Ohio State University Medical Center and look forward to maximizing the benefits of this collaboration for our community and all of the communities served by the Ohio State Health Network,” said Colburn.
Hospitals in the network take advantage of group purchasing programs that can reduce costs on medical equipment, supplies and services. Representatives from the member hospitals meet regularly to exchange information and best practices. Physicians and other medical professionals can participate in educational programs offered through Ohio State’s Medical Center.
“We welcome Berger Health System into the network and we are looking forward to their partnership to help strengthen this valuable statewide resource,” said Peter Geier, CEO of Ohio State’s Health System. “The efficiencies of hospitals working together ultimately benefit the patients.”
Joe D’Ettorre, CEO of Wyandot Memorial Hospital and chairman of the Ohio State Health Network board, agrees.
“I believe Berger Health System’s membership will help support the wonderful service they provide their community, and help them further the mission and vision they have established for their organization. I look forward to their involvement,” said D’Ettorre.
Berger Health System, a full service community healthcare system, has been serving the residents of Pickaway County and south central Ohio for more than 80 years.  It is comprised of the main hospital campus in Circleville, two ambulatory care centers in northern and southern Pickaway County, a medical staff of nearly 200 physicians, and Berger Health Foundation.  
Other members of the Ohio State Health Network are Barnesville Hospital, Madison County Hospital, Mary Rutan Hospital, Mercer County Community Hospital, The Ohio State University Health System and Wyandot Memorial Hospital.
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Contact: Marti Leitch, Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations, 614-293-3737 or Marti.Leitch@osumc.edu
Berger Health System Contact: Shea McMahon, 740-420-8197 or Shea.McMahon@bergerhealth.com
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