The Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio (HCNO) is a member-driven regional hospital association that represents and advocates on behalf of its member hospitals and health systems. HCNO also provides collaborative opportunities for its members and community partners to improve the health and well-being of Northwest Ohio’s residents. Additionally, HCNO has an affiliated group purchasing organization, Northwest Ohio Shared Services.
Community services and regional programs provided by HCNO include:
- Advance care planning, which helps make area residents aware that they have a voice in end-of-life healthcare decisions and helps them create advance care documents.
- Community Health Assessments, which are planned and conducted throughout Ohio, Michigan and Oregon.
- Clergy Badges, which are supplied to eligible clergy visiting northwest Ohio hospitals.
- Northwest Ohio Disaster Preparedness, which coordinates the Northwest Ohio Healthcare Emergency Management Coalition.
- Northwest Ohio Pathways HUB, which coordinates the regional clinical-community linkages care coordination system and trains community health workers.
- Northwest Ohio Regional Trauma Registry, which furnishes clinical outcome and demographic data to the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s trauma database.
- Planning and Evaluation Services, which performs community health improvement planning, data evaluation services, project management, coalition development, and facilitation of meetings and trainings.
HCNO also provides administration and staffing for Toledo/Lucas County CareNet, a nonprofit organization that provides a charity care network, care coordination and insurance application assistance. Plus, HCNO coordinates Healthy Lucas County, a coalition of community health improvement organizations, and Fostering Healthy Communities, a collaboration among Mercy Health, ProMedica and the University of Toledo Medical Center.