The Akron Regional Hospital Association began in 1936 as the Akron Hospital Council. Originally ARHA had four member hospitals and today the membership includes 21 hospitals/health systems in four Northeast Central Ohio counties.
Much of ARHA's efforts in the region are a result of the thoughtful leadership of our hospitals and their ability to collaborate to develop proactive solutions to improve the health care needs of the community. Our Board of Directors and committees address common concerns to develop innovative solutions.
In addition, ARHA facilitates the Northeast Central Ohio Emergency Preparedness (NECO EP) program for its 13-county region. The purpose of the NECO EP program is to enhance emergency preparedness activities in health care by meeting the deliverables as described through a grant from Health and Human Services through the Ohio Department of Health. Over $1.6 million is administered to the regional hospitals on an annual basis through this program.
ARHA also facilitates the Northeast Central Ohio Regional Extension Center (NECO REC) for its 11-county area. Over $4 million is available to ensure that 947 providers from the area will implement electronic health records and use them in a meaningful way. The NECO REC also works in collaboration with Ohio Health Information Partnership and the Office of the National Coordinator for information sharing and successful adoption across Ohio and the county.
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