CINCINNATI & COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In a new partnership, Imagine Health is expanding access to healthcare and reducing costs by 15-20% for employers and employees across Northern Kentucky. The company has paired up with St. Elizabeth Healthcare to bolster its alternative model to traditional health plans and enable self-funded employers across the Greater Cincinnati Region to reduce costs. Plan members gain broad access to high-quality medical professionals and facilities across all of St. Elizabeth’s providers at a fair and reasonable price.
Members have the freedom to choose any doctor, including direct access to St. Elizabeth’s four hospitals and emergency centers, five urgent care facilities, 400 primary and specialty care physicians, and 130 sites of care. An experienced member advocacy team offers a full suite of support services, from care navigation through bill resolution, giving plan members confidence that they’re getting the most out of their healthcare.
“When it comes to healthcare, the Ohio River might as well be an ocean—it creates so many difficulties and limitations for patients seeking medical treatment,” said Chris Cigarran, CEO at Imagine Health. “Partnering with St. Elizabeth gives self-funded employers and their employees on both sides of the river more choice. The benefits are two-fold. Employees can receive treatment from high-quality, convenient facilities at a fair, affordable price. And employers gain a benefit offering that contains healthcare costs and gives them a competitive edge. We are thrilled to add St. Elizabeth to the national Imagine family of high-quality health systems.”
Imagine Health entered Greater Cincinnati last year. With the new St. Elizabeth partnership, members of the Imagine Health plan have direct access to 11 hospitals and emergency centers, nine urgent care facilities, 270 sites of care, and 1,200 primary and specialty care physicians.
“In today’s healthcare climate, it’s more important than ever for health systems to build bridges and meaningful connections with the communities in which we operate,” said Bill Banks, Vice President of Managed Care at St. Elizabeth. “Our partnership with Imagine Health allows us to deliver comprehensive, passionate care and positive healthcare experiences to even more individuals throughout the region.”
St. Elizabeth Healthcare is one of the most respected medical providers in the Greater Cincinnati region. For more than 150 years, St. Elizabeth has been the heart and soul of healthcare in Northern Kentucky. Founded with one small hospital in 1861, St. Elizabeth Healthcare now operates five facilities throughout Northern Kentucky: St. Elizabeth Covington, St. Elizabeth Edgewood, St. Elizabeth Florence, St. Elizabeth Ft. Thomas, and St. Elizabeth Grant.
About Imagine Health
Imagine Health offers self-funded employers an alternative to traditional healthcare plans. Through partnerships with quality health systems, built-in cost controls and advanced member advocacy services, Imagine Health delivers immediate and long-term savings, lowering an organization’s healthcare spend up to 30% in the first year. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Imagine Health serves employers across the U.S. For more information, visit www.imaginehealth.com.
About St. Elizabeth Healthcare
St. Elizabeth Healthcare operates five facilities throughout Northern Kentucky and more than 115 primary care and specialty office locations in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. A member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, St. Elizabeth is a mission-based organization committed to improving the health of the communities it serves, providing more than $117 million in uncompensated care and benefit to the community in 2017. For more information, visit stelizabeth.com.