EDGEWOOD, Ky. (July 11, 2016) — OHC has entered into an agreement to transition its Northern Kentucky practice (excluding Maysville) to St. Elizabeth Healthcare, effective today.
According to the National Cancer Institute’s Kentucky profile, Kenton County has the third highest rate of annual cancer diagnosis in the commonwealth. Boone County is ranked sixth and Campbell County eighth. Kentucky is one of five states with the highest incidence rate for cancer and has the nation’s highest death rate.
“Combining the two organizations will allow us to enhance capabilities and create a comprehensive destination for cancer care,” said Garren Colvin, St. Elizabeth President & CEO. “St. Elizabeth and OHC have a long history of working together to provide exceptional cancer care in Northern Kentucky, and this will allow us to align best practices for a stronger continuum of care for patients.”
OHC employees at Crestview Hills and Ft. Thomas will transition to St. Elizabeth. OHC medical oncology, radiation oncology and advanced practice providers will transition later this year to St. Elizabeth Physicians.
“As OHC continues to evaluate options and strategies for our future ,we felt the opportunity for St. Elizabeth to build a comprehensive cancer center would best serve the needs of the Northern Kentucky cancer population and enable OHC to invest in other important initiatives of the practice,” said E. Randolph Broun, MD, OHC President & Chairman of the Board.
There are 50 employees, 10 providers and 4 APRNs affected by the arrangement.