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New medical partnership announced at OVMC

Updated: Thursday, June 12 2014, 07:08 PM EDT
WHEELING, W.Va. – Officials at the Ohio Valley Medical Center were focused on a big partnership Thursday, one they say will improve the quality of their medical care one day after they received an failing grade from a safety report.
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Ohio Valley Health Services are now working together.
"We'll be able to bring additional resources to the valley for all the people that live in this community, " OVMC Chief Executive Officer Mike Caruso said.
Those resources are geared to patients who need treatments that might not be available in Wheeling, like cancer, heart and vascular care.
"We're anxious to begin to start to develop these services," said Dr. Steven Gabbe, senior vice president of Wexner.
Despite the grade, hospitals officials say they are always working to improve the quality of medical care that they provide.
“We're very proud and pleased of the quality care that we provide at our hospitals, both of our hospitals,” Caruso said.
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Report was just released this week. The OVMC received a line of low scores and an overall grade of “F.”
“There are 70 different organizations out there that keep category scores,” Caruso said. “We comply with all the scores that we are required to do."
The two hospital systems will remain independent but work together to develop close to home care options for people who live in the area. So far the hospital has added a radiation oncologist.

New medical partnership announced at OVMC

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