ELYRIA, Ohio - University Hospitals is looking into adding EMH Healthcare to its health system, the hospital announced on Thursday.
The two groups signed a letter of intent to explore their integration, which would make EMH Regional Medical Center the flagship hospital in Lorain County. The process is expected to take several months with a final agreement by the end of the year.
"This new agreement will provide the residents of Lorain County the best opportunity to continue strengthening and improving the health of their community for years to come," said CEO of University Hospitals Thomas F. Zenty III.
According to University Hospitals, EMH has 2,100 employees at campuses in Elyria, Amherst, Avon, Sheffield and North Ridgeville. EMH's Elyria Medical Center ranks in the top 2 percent of hospitals in the country for overall clinical excellence.
"At the forefront of this discussion is how to best serve the health care needs of our communities," said EMH's Chief Executive Officer Dr. Donald Sheldon, in a news release. "Our focus will be on the benefits that patients will see through this agreement and the efficiencies we can realize that will keep quality health care affordable for our residents and businesses."