January 23, 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State Health Inc., an affiliate of The Ohio State University and Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, has entered into a joint venture with DASCO Home Medical Equipment to better serve patients needing home medical equipment in Ohio. 
The new joint venture is Ohio State Home Medical Equipment (OSHME). It specializes in respiratory equipment such as home oxygen, non-invasive ventilation and CPAP. The company also provides walkers, wheelchairs, adjustable beds and off-the-shelf orthopedic supplies.
When patients of Ohio State leave the hospital or doctor’s office, getting the needed home medical equipment is faster and easier. OSHME has staff and supplies on hand, rather than having to make arrangements that could delay leaving the hospital or immediate use of the needed equipment.
“This agreement helps us improve the continuum of quality care for our patients after they leave our facilities. We’ll have more control of the quality, inventory and expense of home medical equipment as we make the most of DASCO’s long-time expertise in the business,” said Dan Like, executive director of Ambulatory Services at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. “It’s a streamlined approach to getting our patients the equipment they need to improve their quality of life.”
DASCO is a family owned and operated home medical equipment company based in Westerville that’s been serving people in Ohio and the surrounding states for more than 30 years. It has similar joint ventures at eight of its 15 locations.
“We’ve enjoyed working with Ohio State Wexner Medical Center for the last 10 years, and we’re excited to take things to the next level with a healthcare leader that’s known for the highest quality of patient care,” said Jason Seeley, president of DASCO. “We’re life-long members of this community, and we’re happy this hometown arrangement benefits our patients.”
The addition of OSHME will be seamless for patients, and patient choice for other home medical equipment providers will continue to be offered. New orders for home medical equipment will work through OSHME if the patient chooses. Any Ohio State patient with previous or ongoing home medical equipment use from DASCO will continue to work with their DASCO representatives as before. 
OSHME began servicing patients on Jan. 2.
Media Contact: Marti Leitch, Wexner Medical Center Media Relations, 614-293-3737 or Marti.Leitch@osumc.edu

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