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UC Medicine Franciscan Alliance team for synergies in access and continuity

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The University of Chicago Medicine and Franciscan Alliance have entered into a “master affiliation agreement that creates a novel partnership between a prominent academic medical center and a leading regional health system,” the two said in a joint statement released today.

The affiliation provides for the joint development and implementation of clinical, research, and educational initiatives.

“Officials from both institutions emphasized the synergies that will result from the affiliation agreement, which focuses on the University of Chicago Medicine and Franciscan Alliance’s Northwest Indiana facilities including Crown Point, Michigan City, Dyer, Hammond and Munster.”

“By combining the world-class tertiary and quaternary care and research capabilities of the University of Chicago Medicine with Franciscan Alliance’s extensive network of community-based hospitals and ambulatory centers, we will enhance patient care locally and provide seamless access and continuity for patients needing care at any level,” said Kevin Leahy, Franciscan Alliance’s president and chief executive officer.

Headquartered in Mishawaka, Franciscan Alliance provides primary and specialty care services throughout its multi-state hospital system that includes more than 40 ambulatory sites. The University of Chicago Medicine, an academic medical institution that includes the Pritzker School of Medicine, ranking eighth among medical schools in the country, attracts patients regionally, nationally, and internationally for its specialty care services.

“This partnership brings together two health care systems that share both a dedication to excellence in patient care and a desire to develop new models of care in a rapidly changing health care marketplace,” said Kenneth S. Polonsky, MD, executive vice president for medical affairs at the University of Chicago and dean of the Biological Sciences Division and the Pritzker School of Medicine. “We are committed to continually improving access, efficiency and outcomes, and to extending clinical research into new arenas. Our goal is to provide a coordinated system of value-based care for patients across the region.”



Posted 11/20/2013