Drake Center Newest Member of UC Health

Drake Center PhotoCincinnati, OH – April 1, 2011 – UC Health today reaffirmed its commitment to Drake Center, Cincinnati’s premier provider of specialized medical and rehabilitative care, by announcing that the hospital would officially become a part of UC Health and operate under the UC Health brand.

“We are delighted to welcome Drake Center and its employees into the UC Health family of physicians and hospitals,” said James A. Kingsbury, President and CEO of UC Health. “This marks the beginning of a new era of stability for the hospital, and we are excited about the many opportunities that lie ahead to build new partnerships with other providers who will help us position Drake for long-term success. Our goal is to ensure Drake Center continues to serve this community for generations to come.”

“This is a natural fit,” said George L. Strike, the Chair of the UC Health Board of Directors and the former Board Chair of the Drake Center. “Given UC Health’s expertise in solving the most medically complex cases, it is only natural to have a hospital in the family such as Drake that has expertise in providing the long-term, specialized care that many of our sickest patients need.”

“This is an exciting day for Drake Center and a positive step for the hospital and its patients,” said Kevin Flynn, Drake Center Board Chair. “UC Health will provide the stability and certainty that Drake Center needs and will be a good steward of the hospital.”

One of the first steps UC Health will take is to invest several million dollars in Drake Center to upgrade its electronic medical record (EMR) system. UC Health previously announced that it would upgrade its EMR for its member hospitals to the Epic system. UC Health will extend that upgrade to Drake as well. “We want to ensure we invest the appropriate resources at Drake Center so that it succeeds and that its clinicians will have access to the latest electronic medical record system,” said Kingsbury.

About UC Health

UC Health includes University of Cincinnati Medical Center, ranked the best hospital in the region by US News and World Report, West Chester Hospital, Cincinnati’s newest hospital; Drake Center, Cincinnati’s premiere provider of specialized and rehabilitative care; UC Physicians, Cincinnati’s largest specialty practice group with 650 board-certified clinicians and surgeons and an additional 200 nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, psychologists and certified nurse anesthetists; and several centers of excellence built around cardiovascular, cancer, diabetes and neuroscience services. To learn more, visit UCHealth.com.

About Drake Center

Drake Center, a member of UC Health, is the region’s premier provider of long-term acute care offering a complete range of inpatient and outpatient services including medically complex care, rehabilitative and diagnostic services, skilled nursing, assisted living, wellness services and research. Signature services include traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke recovery, pulmonary/ventilator weaning, and advanced wound care. To learn more, visit UCHealth.com/Drake.

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