CAMBRIDGE, OHGuernsey Health Systems announced today that they have voted to enter into a five-year management agreement with OhioHealth Corporation to provide leadership and daily management for Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center beginning October 10th.

Through the agreement, OhioHealth will provide management oversight for the hospital and three senior leadership positions, while Southeastern Med will remain fully independent. The Guernsey Health Systems and the Southeastern Med boards will retain fiduciary responsibility and decision making authority for the hospital.

“Today’s announcement further strengthens our partnership with OhioHealth and ensures that Southeastern Med will continue to keep more care local both now and in the future,” said Ray Chorey, Southeastern Med president and CEO. “The management agreement will bring further stability and financial strength to our hospital at a time of disruption and change in the healthcare industry,” said Chorey.

OhioHealth and Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center have worked closely in recent years to bring new physicians and services to the community in a shared commitment to keep advanced health care services in Cambridge. 

“We’re honored to be strengthening our affiliation with Southeastern Med and the entire region,” said Cheryl Herbert, senior vice president, OhioHealth. “OhioHealth is committed to keeping care close to where people live and work and we’re excited to be working even closer with the Southeastern Med team to provide strong healthcare services for the Cambridge community and beyond.”

In January 2017, the health system and hospital entered into a strategic partnership to enhance quality, improve efficiency and bring new services to the hospital. As a result of this partnership, Southeastern Med has expanded cardiology services, added virtual genetic counseling and joined the OhioHealth Stroke Network to provide faster treatment and better outcomes to stroke patients.

“We’ve built a strong partnership with the Guernsey Health Systems Board and are looking forward to following their strategy to further enhance specialized services like heart, cancer and neurology in the area,” said Herbert.

Before the management agreement was finalized, longtime Southeastern Med president and CEO Ray Chorey announced that he will retire from his position October 9th. Chorey will continue working for the hospital in a consultative role to support transitions with community relationships and foundation-related activities such as the Southeastern Med Capital Campaign, A New Cancer Center: The Building of Hope & Healing. Chorey has served as lead executive of Southeastern Med for more than a decade, capping a 35-year career in various leadership positions.

OhioHealth’s Cheryl Herbert will take over as interim president October 10th. Herbert is a healthcare veteran who has served as senior vice president for OhioHealth. In this role, she guided operations, strategic development and integration for OhioHealth’s regional hospitals and provided system-wide leadership for a number of clinical support service areas. She also served as president of OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, where she led planning and construction efforts for the new Dublin-based hospital in 2004.

Southeastern Med is the second hospital in a management agreement with OhioHealth. Morrow County Hospital in Mount Gilead has maintained a management agreement with the health system since 1984. 

About Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center

Since 1952, Southeastern Med has offered high-quality health care services to our community.  The organization has continuously reinvested to improve its facilities and technology. Southeastern Med is more than just a community hospital – it’s a local healthcare destination. For more information about Southeastern Med, visit www.seormc.org or www.facebook.com/seormc.

About OhioHealth

OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare outreach of the United Methodist Church.

Based in Columbus, Ohio, OhioHealth has been recognized as one of the top five large health systems in America by Truven Health Analytics, an honor it has received six times. It is also recognized by FORTUNE as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” and has been for 12 years in a row, 2007-2018.

Serving its communities since 1891, it is a family of 29,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, and a network of 11 hospitals, 200+ ambulatory sites, hospice, home health, medical equipment and other health services spanning a 47-county area.

OhioHealth hospitals include OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Marion General Hospital, OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital, OhioHealth Shelby Hospital, and OhioHealth Grove City Methodist Hospital. For more information, please visit our website at www.ohiohealth.com.

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