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Leadership Changes Reinvigorate Cleveland Health Care Market
Two Large Hospital Systems Maintain Market Dominance
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After years of intense competition, the leadership changes were viewed as bringing fresh perspectives that have fostered new collaborations across Clevelands health organizations. For example, UHHS, CCHS, MetroHealth, the Veterans Administration and Case Western Reserve University are collaborating on a $50-million stem cell and colon cancer research initiative.
But as leadership changes help to stabilize the markets two major hospital systems, intense competition may resume, especially for lucrative specialty services such as orthopedics.
"With Clevelands two hospital systems in stronger financial positions again, there are likely to be renewed efforts to expand facilities and amenities to attract patients that could lead to duplication of services and excess capacity," said Cara S. Lesser, M.P.P., director of site visits for HSC, a nonpartisan policy research organization funded principally by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Other key findings of the report, Leadership Changes Reinvigorate Clevelands Health Care Market, which is available online at www.hschange.org, include:
Cleveland is one of 12 communities across the country tracked intensively by
HSC researchers through site visits. The new report is based on a January 2005
site visit and interviews with more than 85 Cleveland health care leaders, representing
health plans, employers, hospitals, physicians and policy makers.
The Center for Studying Health System Change is a nonpartisan policy research organization committed to providing objective and timely research on the nations changing health system to help inform policy makers and contribute to better health care policy. HSC, based in Washington, D.C., is funded principally by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is affiliated with Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.