May 22, 2008

Case Western Reserve University and MetroHealth extend long-standing affiliation agreement

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Case Western Reserve University and The MetroHealth System today announce an affiliation agreement that reaffirms and strengthens a 94-year-old relationship between the two institutions.

The five-year affiliation agreement designates The MetroHealth System Campus of Case Western Reserve University, and recognizes the unique educational, research and patient care programs at MetroHealth. As part of the affiliation, MetroHealth will continue to make available space for Case Western Reserve education and research activities carried out by those who hold appointments at both Case Western Reserve and MetroHealth. All 450 MetroHealth physicians are faculty at Case Western Reserve, and provide teaching for more than 40 percent of its medical students.

In a signing ceremony held at MetroHealth, Case Western Reserve Board Chair Frank Linsalata praised MetroHealth as "one of the premier public hospitals in the United States with a strong commitment to primary care. It offers training for our students that gives insight into this critical safety net of the American health care system, while serving the public with great distinction. MetroHealth's focus programs, for example those in rehabilitation and geriatrics, provide rich experiences for our students in these important areas of clinical medicine."

"This partnership has benefited both organizations—faculty, staff, students and, most of all, patients," Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder said. "This new agreement ensures we continue to work together and realize even greater advances."

"Our mission statement begins with the words 'MetroHealth is an Academic Health Care System.' That's the commitment that MetroHealth has to research and education," said William S. Gaskill, MetroHealth Board chair. "Thousands and thousands of health care providers have been trained here over the years, and have gone on to serve hundreds of thousands of people with their skills. Great research continues to be done here."

"This document is a symbol of the respect and trust that our organizations have for each other in promoting research, from basic laboratory studies to community-based investigations, and medical education for the betterment of our students, the medical community and greater Cleveland," said Ben Brouhard, M.D., MetroHealth Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President.

The agreement aligns the interests of Case Western Reserve and MetroHealth in research advancement and educational programs, particularly in areas that are unique clinical focal points of MetroHealth. As partners, both institutions benefit from the joint promotion and support of the opportunities that develop from these programs. One example is the Case Center for Reducing Healthcare Disparities at MetroHealth, where research brings focus to Case Western Reserve's commitment to leadership in the field of public health and epidemiology.

Similar to past agreements, Case Western Reserve designates MetroHealth as a major hospital affiliate for education and research activities associated with the university's academic programs in relevant disciplines, including the School of Medicine, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, School of Dentistry, College of Arts and Sciences, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case School of Engineering and Weatherhead School of Management.

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and MetroHealth have been affiliated since 1914, with the previous agreement between them signed in 2001.

Christina Thompson
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About Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University 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 Western Reserve is distinguished by its strengths in education, research, service, and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland, Case Western Reserve offers nationally recognized programs in the Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work.

About The MetroHealth System

The MetroHealth System is one of the nation's largest public health providers, ranking in the top 1% of all hospitals nationwide for quality in patient care. MetroHealth is a nationally-recognized leader in critical care and rehabilitation, community health, high-risk perinatal care, and senior health. MetroHealth offers the region's largest urban-based network of community health centers focused on reducing health disparities through comprehensive care to vulnerable populations. MetroHealth achieved Magnet designation in 2005, the nation's highest honor for nursing excellence, and was chosen as one of the 2007 Top 100 Hospitals nationwide by Thomson Healthcare. Founded in 1837, MetroHealth has been a major affiliate of Case Western Reserve University since 1914 and all MetroHealth physicians are Case Western Reserve faculty. MetroHealth is Cleveland's tenth largest employer with more than 6,500 employees. For more information on The MetroHealth System, visit

About Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Founded in 1843, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is the largest medical research institution in Ohio and 12th 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 and in 2002, became the third medical school in history to receive a pre-eminent review from the national body responsible for accrediting the nation's academic medical institutions. The School's innovative and pioneering Western Reserve2 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.

Annually, the School of Medicine trains more than 600 M.D. and M.D./Ph.D. students and ranks in the top 25 among U.S. research-oriented medical schools as designated by U.S. News and World Report Guide to Graduate Education. The School of Medicine's primary clinical affiliate is University Hospitals and is additionally affiliated with MetroHealth Medical Center, the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, with which it established the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University in 2002.

For more information contact Jessica E. Studeny, 216.368.4692.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, May 22, 2008 02:56 PM | News Topics: Collaborations/Partnerships, HeadlinesMain, Healthcare, Provost Initiatives, School of Medicine

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