Wednesday, May 03, 2000

The evolution of an alliance

        February 1994: On Valentine's Day, Jack Cook, long-time CEO at Christ Hospital, named CEO of a planned “marriage” between Christ and University hospitals.

        September 1994: The St. Luke hospitals of Northern Kentucky agree to join the alliance.

        January 1995: With legal papers signed, the hospital group officially becomes the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati.

        May 1995: The Jewish Health System agrees to join, shortly after announcing plans to move many services from Avondale to Kenwood.

        April 1996: Alliance Physicians and Surgeons, a doctor group closely affiliated with the Health Alliance, is formed. Alliance Partners is formed to represent the hospitals and doctors in contracts with managed care health plans.

        Fall 1996: After rancorous debate, the public University Hospital is spun off from the University of Cincinnati as a private, nonprofit organization, effective Jan. 1, 1997.

        January 1997: Alliance Primary Care, a group of more than 150 internists, family doctors and others, forms.

        November 1997: Health Alliance closes Jewish Hospital in Avondale.

        June 1998: Fort Hamilton-Hughes Memorial Hospital agrees to join the alliance.

        July 1999: Despite budget cuts since 1996, Health Alliance reports losing more than $88 million in fiscal years 1998 and 1999 (ended June 30).

        Fall 1999: Amid speculation that Christ Hospital was planning to pull out of the Alliance, executives announce a two-year turnaround plan aimed at breaking even by July 2000 and turning a profit by July 2001. By year's end, all Alliance hospital members agree to the plan.

        May 2: Jack Cook and executive vice president Phil Tempel announce plans to resign, heralding a new executive team to lead another round of reorganization at the Health Alliance.

Alliance seeks new blood
   Resignation signals change for hospitals
-     The evolution of an alliance

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