Diverse Group of Regional Leaders to Represent Newly Aligned Organization

March 26, 2015

CINCINNATI – The Health Collaborative has announced its new board members following its merger with the Greater Cincinnati Health Council and HealthBridge, made official by board vote Wednesday morning.

The governing bodies of all three organizations approved the directional concept late in 2014 and the new governance and merge plan was adopted by the boards Wednesday.

The merger follows the successful 2012 partnership that combined executive leadership and the administrative operations of the Greater Cincinnati Health Council, HealthBridge and the Health Collaborative. The combined work of the three organizations has resulted in Greater Cincinnati gaining a national reputation for health care innovation. Collectively, they have brought tens of millions of dollars to the region to support new technology, and tests of change to improve our care delivery system, lower costs and promote health.

The merger is designed to give members and community stakeholders more efficient and aligned access to the data and informatics capabilities of HealthBridge, the multi-stakeholder collaboration championed by the Health Collaborative, and the care delivery improvement services of the Health Council.

Craig Brammer, CEO

Craig Brammer, CEO

“As three separate organizations, each independently created exciting new programs and services that benefited our region, but at times we were duplicating effort or finding that we missed opportunities to explore solutions that leveraged the talent and technology from all three organizations, said Craig Brammer, CEO of all three organizations. “As CEO, I could see the potential for better alignment, but with the separate legal structures, it was challenging to form the right teams and keep the finances segregated as required.”

As a merged entity, there will be a single budget, executive team, and board of directors, allowing staff and resources to be targeted more effectively.

The board is composed of regional leaders with balanced representation from diverse stakeholder groups including businesses and health plans, health systems and other providers, and community organizations and consumers.

The Health Collaborative board members are as follows:*

Erin Hoeflinger, Chair, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Rob Reifsnyder, Vice Chair, United Way of Greater Cincinnati
John Prout, Secretary, TriHealth, Inc.
Tom Anthony, Treasurer, Frost Brown Todd, LLC
John Dubis, St. Elizabeth Medical Center (ret.)
Trey Grayson, Northern Kentucky Regional Chamber
Senator Eric Kearney, Ohio State Senate (2005-2014)
Kurt Lewis, UnitedHealthcare
Geoff Mearns, Northern Kentucky University
Tim Putnam, Margaret Mary Health
Mary Stagaman , Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
Neil Tilow, Talbert House
Steven Covington, Crossroad Health Center
Michael Fisher, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Tim Ingram, Hamilton County Public Health
Mike Keating, The Christ Hospital Health Network
Rick Lofgren, MD, UC Health
Craig Osterhues, GE Aviation
Jim Schwab, Interact for Health
John Starcher, Mercy Health
Ted Torbeck, Cincinnati Bell

*Note: Recruitment of additional nominees will continue.
About the Health Collaborative:

The Health Collaborative is a non-profit organization that strives to positively impact health status, experience, outcomes, and affordability by fostering a connected system of health care and community health through innovation, integration, and informatics in the greater Cincinnati region. For more information about the Health Collaborative, visit www.healthcollab.org.

Shannan Schmitt
Director, Communications
(513) 307-0328