Newswise — TOLEDO, Ohio, August 25, 2014 – ProMedica Physicians Accountable Care Organization (ACO) has been named to Becker's Hospital Review’s annual list of "100 Accountable Care Organizations to Know." The list highlights a variety of Medicare and commercial-payer ACOs, the majority of which are led by hospitals or health systems.

An ACO is a group of doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers who come together voluntarily to give coordinated high-quality care to their Medicare patients. This includes collaborating to improve patient care coordination, reduce duplication of services and ultimately, improve patient outcomes.

“Our focus is on providing the highest quality care to patients at the right time and in the right setting,” said Lee Hammerling, MD, chief physician executive and chief medical officer, ProMedica. “This recognition acknowledges our efforts to transform our care models to improve the health and well-being of our patients while reducing costs.”

This is the third year Becker's Hospital Review has published its list of ACOs to know, and the number of organizations to choose from has grown each year: There are now more than 625 ACOs in the nation. This year, the editorial team selected ACOs for inclusion based on the number of physicians involved and lives covered, the lifespan of the ACO, whether it has contracts with multiple payers and whether it recently struck new payer agreements.

The full list can be read here: For more information about ProMedica, visit

About Becker’s Hospital ReviewBecker's Hospital Review is a monthly publication offering up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems. Content is geared toward high-level hospital leaders, and we work to provide valuable content, including hospital and health system news, best practices and legal guidance specifically for these decision-makers. Each issue of Becker's Hospital Review reaches more than 18,000 people, primarily acute-care hospital CEOs, CFOs and CIOs.

About ProMedica Toledo, Ohio-based ProMedica is a mission-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization formed in 1986. ProMedica has more than 15,000 employees and nearly 1,900 physicians with more than 600 healthcare providers employed by ProMedica Physicians. Its 12 hospitals and more than 300 facilities offer comprehensive diagnostic, medical and surgical specialties in heart and vascular, oncology, orthopaedics, neurology, and women and pediatric services. ProMedica’s mission is to improve health and well-being, with a strong focus on wellness and clinical excellence, as well as innovative, community advocacy programs that address health-related issues such as hunger and obesity. For more information, please visit