ProMedica, UT officials sign agreement for collaborationWritten by Duane Ramsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Officials from ProMedica Health System and the University of Toledo signed an agreement today entering into a partnership to advance clinical education and research for both institutions.
As part of the agreement, UT will manage academic endeavors across the ProMedica system under the guidance of a new joint Academic Health Center Board comprised of equal representation from both ProMedica and UT.
The UT board of trustees unanimously passed Resolution 10-05-06 authorizing President Lloyd Jacobs to sign the agreement expanding the partnership between UT and ProMedica at its meeting this afternoon.
Jacobs and Randy Oostra, president and CEO of ProMedica, signed the agreement in a ceremony following the approval of the resolution by the board of trustees.
“This strong partnership is good for the community and both institutions,” said Olivia Summons, chair of the UT board of trustees. “It will help us to have the academic health center in Northwest Ohio we need to maintain doctors, residents, nurses and pharmacists to serve the future needs of our community.”
Summons said “Oostra and Dr. Jeffrey Gold have worked beyond the call of duty” to help make this partnership happen and give our medical students the best training.”
“This partnership will further strengthen the education UT medical students and physicians-in-training will receive, said Gold, UT Provost and executive vice president for health affairs and dean of the College of Medicine.
“By expanding the clinical experiences of UT students under the guidance of ProMedica physicians, we are creating the next generation of leaders within the medical community,” he said.
The academic partnership is built on a foundation of collaboration and cooperation taking the perspective of everyone involved in the process, according to Larry Peterson, chairman of ProMedica’s board of trustees.
Creating a stronger partnership between ProMedica and UT will help lead to a more vibrant health care community that will result in an increase in clinical excellence throughout the region, according to officials of both institutions.
“With this agreement, we engage with a strong academic partner that addresses an essential need for ProMedica in achieving our vision to increase our role as an academic medical center and to expand our capabilities in clinical education, research and grants,” said Oostra.
Jacobs called the agreement “the culmination of good faith efforts by many people in both organizations.”
The academic partnership is a collaboration of the ProMedica research and residency programs including the family practice residency programs at Toledo Hospital and Flower Hospital, Jobst vascular surgery residency, and Toledo Hospital’s primary care sports medicine residency program. It includes fellowship, clerkship, nursing, pharmacy, allied health and continuing education programs.
UT will provide administrative assistance to facilitate more clinical research conducted at ProMedica facilities.
“This academic partnership helps both organizations get ahead of the health care reform curve, said Dr. Lee Hammerling, chief medical officer at ProMedica. “The enhanced level of collaboration between UT and ProMedica provides a strong, more efficient model as we anticipate the community’s needs in this new era of health care.”