April 28, 2006

University Hospitals, Case School of Medicine Reach Historic Primary Affiliation Agreement and Create the Case Medical Center

University Hospitals of Cleveland
University Hospitals of Cleveland

Cleveland (April 28, 2006)—University Hospitals of Cleveland (UHC) and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (CSM) have reached the most comprehensive agreement in their century-long relationship. This new agreement—approved today by the Boards of Case, University Hospitals Health System and UHC—defines a primary affiliation between our institutions and unites the academic, research and clinical aspects of the affiliation under one shared medical campus, to be called the Case Medical Center.

While the agreement formally recognizes and enhances the full extent of the affiliation, both institutions will continue to remain independent of each other from an operational, legal, and policy perspective. This partnership reflects the shared commitment to:

  • national leadership in educational programs for medical students, residents and faculty
  • translational science that moves discoveries from the research laboratory to clinical application
  • enhancing current clinical excellence that ensures national leadership in quality of care.

"The new affiliation agreement will become a national model for academic medicine," said Ralph I. Horwitz, M.D., dean at the Case School of Medicine. "The strengthened research and educational programs developed under this agreement are good news for our organizations and for the health and healthcare of our community in Cleveland."

"In recent years, Case and UHC have worked together to attract nationally recognized physicians and researchers to Cleveland,” said Fred C. Rothstein, M.D., president and chief executive officer at UHC. "This affiliation agreement enhances our ability to recruit and retain the best physicians, investigators and top medical students and residents."

This affiliation builds on an agreement in October 2005 in which the two institutions decided to bring together 21 separate faculty physician practices under one unified faculty practice, based at UHC. The enhanced affiliation agreement:

  • defines a primary affiliation relationship between UHC and the Case School of Medicine;
  • promotes continued relationships with other School of Medicine affiliates including MetroHealth, the Cleveland Clinic and the V.A. Hospital;
  • establishes the Case Medical Center with the mission of advancing education, research and clinical care;
  • provides for joint recruitment of key faculty and department chairs;
  • continues the Case Research Institute as the joint research collaboration of the Case Medical Center and;
  • establishes a defined flow of funds in support of the Case Medical Center.

"A shared branded campus, the Case Medical Center, formally recognizes our academic relationship, and sends an important message regarding the strength of University Hospitals to the local community and the national healthcare community," said Christopher M. Connor, Chairman of the University Hospitals Health System Board of Directors.

"The significance of this primary affiliation extends beyond the Case Medical Center to our entire health system," said Thomas F. Zenty III, President and Chief Executive Officer of University Hospitals Health System. "Through this affiliation agreement, physicians practicing at all University Hospitals locations and outpatient centers will have access to the many benefits of a collaborative teaching and research center while continuing to provide all of our patients with the newest and most effective treatments available."

"For Case, the affiliation underscores that the Case School of Medicine has embarked on a plan to further enhance its long legacy as a national center of excellence for medical research and education" said Edward M. Hundert, M.D., President of Case Western Reserve University.

"This agreement builds on an historic and valuable partnership with University Hospitals while maintaining the School of Medicine's relationships with other hospitals. This affiliation defines a new model for the successful academic medical center," said Frank Linsalata, Chairman of the Case Western Reserve University Board of Trustees.

"As University Hospitals of Cleveland celebrates its 140th anniversary, this is another milestone moment," said Ernest J. Novak Jr., Chairman of the UHC Board of Directors. "This affiliation creates the opportunity to strengthen two of Cleveland's jewels—University Hospitals and Case School of Medicine—and, as a result, have a dramatic impact on the economic well-being of Northeast Ohio,"

About Case Western Reserve University

Case is among the nation’s leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case is distinguished by its strengths in education, research, service, and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland, Case offers nationally recognized programs in the Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Sciences.

About University Hospitals Health System

Committed to advanced care and advanced caring, University Hospitals Health System offers the region’s largest network of primary care physicians, along with outpatient centers and hospitals. The System also includes a network of specialty care physicians, skilled nursing, elder health, rehabilitation and home care services, managed care and insurance programs. For more information, go to http://www.uhhs.com.

About University Hospitals of Cleveland

University Hospitals of Cleveland enjoys some of the most prestigious centers of excellence in the country and the world. Not only those most familiar to the public—cancer, pediatrics and women’s health—but also areas such as orthopedics and spine, neurosurgery and neuroscience, cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, general surgery and organ transplantation, radiology and radiation oncology, urology and digestive disorders, otolaryngology and respiratory disorders, ophthalmology and dermatology, rheumatology and geriatrics, and family medicine and human genetics. The primary affiliate of Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals of Cleveland and its academic counterpart form the largest biomedical research center in the state of Ohio. University Hospitals of Cleveland is the tertiary hub of University Hospitals Health System, which serves patients at more than 150 locations in northern Ohio.

About the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Founded in 1843, the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is the largest medical research institution in Ohio and 13th largest among the nation’s medical schools for research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Eleven Nobel Laureates have been affiliated with the school.

The School of Medicine is recognized throughout the international medical community for outstanding achievements in teaching. In 2002, it became only the third medical school in history to receive the best review possible from the national body responsible for accrediting the nation’s medical schools. It ranks in the top 25 among U.S. research-oriented medical schools in the U.S. News and World Report guide to graduate education. Annually, the School of Medicine trains more than 600 M.D. and M.D./Ph.D. students. The medical school's curriculum interweaves four themes -- research and scholarship, clinical mastery, leadership, and civic professionalism -- to prepare students for the practice of evidence-based medicine in the rapidly changing health care environment of the 21st century.

Case is affiliated with University Hospitals of Cleveland, MetroHealth Medical Center, the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, with which it opened the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University in 2004. http://casemed.case.edu

For more information: George Stamatis 216-368-3635, or Loree Vick 216-844-5027.

Posted by: Kevin Adams, April 28, 2006 03:26 PM | News Topics: Healthcare, School of Medicine

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