Guernsey Health Systems is set to officially become a full member of Columbus-based OhioHealth on 1 January 2023.

The working relationship between OhioHealth and Guernsey Health Systems started when they signed a five-year management agreement in 2018 for providing leadership and management to Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center’s (SEORMC) 84-bed hospital, Superior Med, and United Ambulance.

The agreement with Guernsey Health Systems will add Superior Med physicians, United Ambulance and SEORMC to OhioHealth System.

Guernsey Health Systems and OhioHealth announced the signing of a non-binding letter of intent last year for exploring a stronger relationship.

OhioHealth Regional Consultant Cheryl Herbert said: “This is such a great day for OhioHealth, for our newest associates in Cambridge, and for our patients in the area and surrounding communities.

“Advanced care, close to home has never been more important than it is now for patients and their families.”

SEORMC, which provided quality healthcare services to the community since 1952, will continue to offer the same expert care as part of the OhioHealth family now.  

The new name will become OhioHealth Southeastern Medical Center.

United Ambulance will be renamed OhioHealth Southeastern Ambulance and Superior Med to be known as OhioHealth Physician Group.

Guernsey Health Systems president and CEO Wendy Elliott said: “The dedication of this team at Guernsey Health Systems is what makes us special. 

“To now be part of the OhioHealth family, and the excellence and values this organization brings, is the perfect fit, at the perfect time.”

SEORMC provides 84 inpatient beds and serves more than 100,000 patients every year.