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March 1, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Health Network has added Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney, Ohio. Founded by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, the health network gives member hospitals cost savings through group purchasing as well as educational and professional networking opportunities.

Representatives from the member hospitals meet regularly to share information and best practices. Physicians and other medical professionals can participate in educational programs offered through Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center.

“Membership in the Ohio State Health Network will enable us to participate in a valuable exchange of ideas and resources. We are looking forward to networking with other healthcare professionals through round tables and educational programs,” says Tom Boecker, CEO of Wilson Memorial Hospital.

Hospitals in the network also take advantage of group purchasing programs that can reduce costs on medical equipment, supplies and services.

“When hospitals work together to lower expenses and share best practices, it ultimately benefits all of the patients. Wilson Memorial Hospital’s participation will further strengthen this statewide resource,” says Pete Geier, CEO of Ohio State’s Health System.

This is the second addition to the network in recent months, says Joe D’Ettorre, CEO of Wyandot Memorial Hospital and chairman of the Ohio State Health Network board. Berger Health System in Circleville joined the group in December.

“I feel there will be a good chemistry between Wilson Memorial Hospital and the existing members. I look forward to having them in the network,” adds D’Ettorre.

Wilson Memorial Hospital, a full service community hospital, has been serving the residents of Shelby County and the surrounding area for more than 80 years. The hospital is accredited by the Healthcare Facility Accreditation Program (HFAP).

Other members of the Ohio State Health Network are Barnesville Hospital, Berger Health System, Madison County Hospital, Mary Rutan Hospital, Mercer County Community Hospital, The Ohio State University Health System and Wyandot Memorial Hospital.

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Contact: Marti Leitch, Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations, 614-293-3737 or Marti.Leitch@osumc.edu

Wilson Memorial Hospital Contact: Melissa Armstrong, 937-498-5567 or MArmstrong@WilsonHospital.com