Ohio State to rethink neurology program as doctors depart

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Amid a rash of doctor departures, Ohio State University is reevaluating the financial position of its neurology department.

The Columbus Dispatch reported that nine Ohio State physicians have left a roughly 30-member faculty in the past year, and four of those nine have joined competitor OhioHealth. In that same time, the university has hired eight doctors.

OhioHealth said that during the same period, none of its neurology physicians have joined Ohio State.

In a May 5 email obtained by the newspaper, OSU department chairman John Kissel said the department faces “considerable and persistent monetary issues,” despite a growing demand for neurological services. Kissel said a financial oversight committee would spend a month or two taking “a fresh look” at the enterprise.

Kissel said the committee would work with department officials “for the next 30 to 60 days to get us on the right course to meet or exceed our fiscal year 2016 budget.”

OSU’s Wexner Medical Center described the effort as part of a larger medical center initiative to cut costs and improve efficiency.

OhioHealth has been hiring doctors for its $300 million neuroscience center opening next month, but it has not poached doctors in pursuing that goal, said Dr. Janet Bay, the hospital system’s vice president and lead neuroscience physician.

“The folks that came here from Ohio State called us; we did not reach out to them in any way, shape or form,” Bay said.

Information from: The Columbus Dispatch

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