Here are six things to know:
1. For nearly two years, Mayfield and UC have been negotiating a revised affiliation agreement regarding Mayfield and UC's department of neurosurgery. In February 2016, UC notified Mayfield it would end its affiliation in 12 months if the two organizations didn't reach a satisfactory agreement. UC insisted its faculty members be empoyed by UC as well as work exclusively within the UC Health system, which ultimately proved counter to Mayfield's independence. Mayfield's objective involves enhancing neurosurgical services to patients in all of Greater Cincinnati's health systems. The negotiations stalled, ending the 35-year affiliation on Feb. 15, 2017.
2. The practice's surgeons will still treat patients at UC Health locations.
3. The UC College of Medicine, however, will move its neurosurgery department in-house. This reflects a significant shift, as Mayfield surgeons have served as the neurosurgery department's chair and clinical faculty since 1984.
4. The medical school plans to hire five to eight additional neurosurgeons and will select a new neurosurgery department chair in spring 2017.
5. An independent practice, Mayfield has actively created relationships with many hospital systems. The group entered a clinical partnership with Mercy Health-Cincinnati in 2016, and established a partnership with Cincinnati-based TriHealth in 2014.
6. Mayfield encompasses 23 physicians who treat approximately 20,000 patients each year.
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