MetroHealth joins largest clinically integrated network

CINCINNATI – Jan. 15, 2016 – Advanced Health Select, Ohio’s largest clinically integrated network, continues to grow with the addition of The MetroHealth System. The “network of networks” now includes more than 3,400 providers, dedicated to transforming healthcare for patients and communities.

With 250 primary care physicians, a main campus just west of downtown Cleveland and more than 20 locations, MetroHealth is an essential health system committed to providing healthcare to residents of Cuyahoga County and Northeast Ohio.

MetroHealth joins Mercy Health Select and NewHealth Collaborative, the networks operated by Mercy Health and Summa Health, in Advanced Health Select. They will continue to provide the outstanding care within their local markets guided by their distinct mission and vision. In addition, providers are linked to improve chronic care management and lower the total cost of care for patients and communities.

“The advantage of an integrated care network is that it enables collaboration among members to improve quality, efficiency and cost effectiveness for all patients within the network,” said Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE, president and CEO of The MetroHealth System. “Mercy and Summa are aligned with MetroHealth’s mission, and we look forward to collaborating with them so we can share best practices in patient care and wellness.”

Mercy Health and Summa Health are investing more than $100 million over three years in Advanced Health Select, creating solutions including care coordination at every point in a patient’s healthcare journey. Advanced data analytics and technology support will make it more sustainable, efficient and effective than other partnerships around the country.

Advanced Health Select is positioned to grow. Employers, insurers and health systems looking for more value from their healthcare investment will benefit from the services provided to them by Advanced Health Select, as well as the opportunity to partner with Ohio’s leading provider networks to make patients’ lives better and improve the health of Ohio communities. For communities, Advanced Health Select offers a new approach to healthcare embracing the “Triple Aim” – better care and better community health, at lower cost.

“We are determined to expand Advanced Health Select to provide high-quality care to patients throughout Ohio and Kentucky,” said Brent Asplin, MD, chief clinical officer at Mercy Health and president of Advanced Health Select. “We are delighted to welcome MetroHealth into Ohio’s largest clinically integrated network. Together, we will better manage care for large populations, making lives better and making healthcare easier.”

About Mercy Health/Mercy Health Select:
Mercy Health (formerly Catholic Health Partners) is the largest health system in Ohio and one of the largest health systems in the United States, employing more than 34,000 employees in Ohio and Kentucky. With $6 billion in assets, Mercy Health operates about 450 health facilities, including 23 hospitals, eight senior living communities, five hospice programs and seven home health agencies. Its accountable care organization, Mercy Health Select, is one of the top 10 ACOs in the country for Medicare Shared Savings, generating more than $15 million in savings in 2014. Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) consistently rates Mercy Health among the nation’s top health systems for clinical quality and efficiency. In keeping with its mission, Mercy Health provides about $1 million per day in community benefit services. Mercy Health’s bonds are rated AA- by Standard & Poor’s and Fitch, and A1 by Moody’s. Mercy Health is a founding member of Health Innovations Ohio, which focuses on providing health services that result in higher quality, better health and greater value. For more information, visit or connect with Mercy Health on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest and Twitter (@LivingMercyHlth).

About Summa Health
Summa Health is one of the largest integrated healthcare delivery systems in Ohio. Encompassing a network of hospitals, community health centers, a health plan, a physician-hospital organization, a multi-specialty physician organization, research and the Summa Foundation, Summa is nationally renowned for excellence in patient care and for exceptional approaches to healthcare delivery. Summa’s clinical services are consistently recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (Magnet status), U.S. News and World Report, Thomson Reuters and The Leapfrog Group. For more information, visit or find us on Facebook at and Twitter,

About The MetroHealth System
The MetroHealth System is an essential health system committed to providing health care to everyone in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and improving the health of the community overall. Its 6,700 employees deliver care to everyone at its main campus, just west of downtown Cleveland, and at more than 20 other MetroHealth locations. It also provides health care at more than 20 additional sites in Cuyahoga County through community partnerships such as the School Health program.
MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s only verified Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level II Pediatric Trauma Center, and it is the only adult and pediatric burn center in the state of Ohio verified by the American Burn Association and the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. In the past year, MetroHealth provided more than one million patient visits in its hospital and health centers. MetroHealth also is an academic medical center committed to teaching and research; each of its active physicians holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. MetroHealth has earned Magnet status, which places it in the top 6 percent of all hospitals nationwide for nursing excellence.