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Tuality announces affiliation with OHSU

COURTESY PHOTO: M.O. STEVENS - Tuality Healthcare will likely become affiliated with OHSU by the end of the year. While remaining its own entity, Tuality leaders hope the agreement will help Tuality increase services.Tuality Healthcare leaders announced this morning in Hillsboro they are pursuing an affiliation with Oregon Health & Science University. The affiliation will put OHSU in charge of managing Tuality’s clinical operations, but Tuality Healthcare will maintain its own identity, officials said.

It’s not a merger, Tuality president and CEO Manny Berman clarified.

Tuality employees will remain at the Hillsboro and Forest Grove hospital locations and their benefits will not change, Berman said, adding that he does not expect any layoffs. If anything, he said, there could be more employment opportunities at Tuality. The Tuality board and foundation also will remain unchanged, he said.

Tuality administrators will be coordinating their clinical programs with OHSU’s clinical programs. Because OHSU has a much larger operating budget than Tuality, Tuality could have access to much more capital that would allow for increased services they cannot currently offer, officials said. And Tuality staff will also have direct access to OHSU’s staff for consultations.

The affiliation will help Tuality Healthcare financially and could potentially provide other future opportunities for Tuality in research and education, Tuality officials added. Once an agreement is signed, OHSU and Tuality will "share financial risks and rewards," according to a press release.

Tuality Healthcare representatives said they haven’t worked out all the details yet but hope to finalize the agreement by the end of the year.

Salem Health signed a similar letter of intent to pursue an affiliation with OHSU earlier this year that put its clinical and financial operations under OHSU Partners management.