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January 31, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs Expands Membership Eligibility, Welcomes New Member

Select Medical, a post-acute care provider, joins the membership.

The Center for Health Affairs — the leading advocate for Northeast Ohio hospitals for more than 100 years — is expanding its membership to include other organizations in the healthcare space.  The Center is proud to welcome Select Medical as the first new member under this expansion.

“We are excited to start the new year strong by welcoming Select Medical,” said The Center for Health Affair’s President and CEO Brian Lane. “Our organization has served as a convener of hospitals for more than a century. This new expansion builds upon our strong foundation as a convener and allows us to continue to positively impact the health in our communities and provide additional value to our members now and in the coming years.”

The addition of Select Medical includes seven new member locations in the region and rounds out the LTAC market for The Center in Northeast Ohio.

Select Medical owns and operates a national post-acute care network of more than 130 inpatient rehabilitation and critical illness recovery hospitals, the latter licensed as long-term acute care (LTAC) hospitals. Select Medical’s critical illness recovery hospitals provide extended healing and recovery time for chronic, critically ill patients who no longer require lifesaving intervention in intensive or critical care units, but still need 24/7 medical monitoring and specialized care. Select’s inpatient rehabilitation hospitals provide acute physical, occupational and speech therapies and other specialized services to help patients regain strength, skills, mobility and independence following injury or illness.

“The expansion of The Center for Health Affairs’ membership base is in recognition of the important connection among healthcare providers in the community, from hospitals and LTACs to skilled nursing facilities and primary care clinics,” said Susan Fuehrer, president of The MetroHealth System’s Institute for H.O.P.E.TM and chair of the Community Health Affairs Board of Directors, which manages the direction of community-based programming for the membership. “We are so pleased to welcome new members to the organization and look forward to the opportunities we will be able to create to serve our shared communities.”

With this addition to the membership, Julie Idoine, CEO of Select Specialty Hospital Cleveland Fairhill and market administrator, has been named to the Community Health Affairs Board of Directors. Comprising hospital, academic and community leaders in Northeast Ohio, the Board supports the organization in addressing healthcare needs and issues to improve health and wellness throughout the community.

Idoine currently is responsible for operational and business development for three critical illness recovery hospitals and business development operations for three acute rehab facilities in the market. Holding a master’s degree in health administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and bachelor’s degrees in communication and organization leadership from the University of Cincinnati, Idoine brings years of experience and valuable insight to the Community Health Affairs Board.