Community Report

At Bethesda Inc., we envision a day when Greater Cincinnati is the most desirable place to receive and deliver health care. We’re doing our part to build momentum toward this goal by leveraging our unique position as co-sponsor of TriHealth and major funder of health care transformation to challenge health care and community providers to think differently.


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Learn more in our 2016 Community Report.

We believe it is worth the risk to invest in forward-looking approaches to health care delivery. While much work remains, the range of new ideas and partnerships to solve health care challenges is growing. Our report shares perspectives from business, civic and community health leaders regarding their unique perspectives on the growing momentum in our region and challenges to evolving health care delivery more quickly.

Here are a few of their voices.

The signs of momentum

"I see momentum in community-wide collaboration – especially through the work of The Health Collaborative. The Health Collaborative convenes key community stakeholders – including health systems, insurance providers, physicians, employers and patients – to spur innovation, positive change and shared investments to achieve the Triple Aim: improved care, improved health and lower costs. TriHealth’s involvement in The Health Collaborative aligns perfectly with our 20-year mission to evolve as a clinically integrated delivery system designed, equipped and experienced to take on responsibility for improving the health of our community through patient populations."

Mark Clement | President and CEO | TriHealth

"The use of technology, such as electronic health records, has contributed to gaining momentum in transforming health care with benefi­ts such as timely access to information, improved communication and information management. Although cell phones are not unique to communication, they have become a new front door to health care with the emergence of millennials as techie health consumers with different expectations than the baby boomers."

Miriam Crenshaw | CEO | WinMed Health Services

"Leveraging Greater Cincinnati’s assets – both in health care and consumer insight – to create viable businesses is the perfect play for our region. Establishing Spry Labs is a signi­ficant milestone toward making Cincinnati the premier destination for startups and patient-centered care in the Midwest."

Wendy Lea | CEO | Cintrifuse

"Our region has greatly benefited from the increase in awareness around the lack of affordable nutritious and healthy foods – especially for low-income populations and communities. We’ve seen outstanding innovation and creative ideas that have begun to address the problem of lack of healthy foods, and there is still room for improvement here."

Linda Smith-Berry | Clinic Manager | Good Samaritan Free Health Center

Challenges to evolving more quickly

"The Cincinnati region is gaining momentum when it comes to transforming health care when it recognizes the growth of non-traditional populations and addresses their specific needs. Providing culturally and language appropriate health services is still a challenge that keeps our region from evolving health care delivery more quickly."

Giovanna Alvarez | Director, Su Casa Hispanic Center | Catholic Charities SW Ohio – Archdiocese of Cincinnati

"As the demographics of our region change, in terms of age, gender and ethnicity, we will need to overcome the lack of diversity among providers and health system leadership. We will be slower in improving health outcomes and meeting the needs of vulnerable populations if we limit the voices and experiences from a broader spectrum of professionals and consumers. Achieving and sustaining the goals of the Triple Aim will require equity and recognizing where we have fallen short and face those challenges in order to achieve a healthier region."

Judith Warren | CEO | Health Care Access Now

"One major challenge we are facing is complexity. We need to continue our collective efforts to drive simple, efficient and consumer-centered health care delivery and payment models. That includes accelerating our commitment to primary care as the center of our health care system. We must ­always to better educate consumers about the importance of their primary care provider and the value of selecting primary care physicians operating under the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative and other medical home models. Further empowering our community’s primary care providers is the key to enhancing access, improving outcomes and achieving affordability."

Erin Hoeflinger | President | Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Ohio

"While Cincinnati is at the leading edge of electronic communication of clinical information, there is still a lack of willingness to share data/information across all patient care episodes. Some health systems share no information with the rest of the health care community, some still use fax and mail to communicate; in short, interoperability is still an issue.

Robyn F. Chatman, MD | Principal Consultant/Physician Informatics | Accenture/Sagacious

For more, check out our community report.