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HENRY FORD HEALTH SYSTEM, CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCE MAJOR AFFILIATION

 HENRY FORD HEALTH SYSTEM, CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY
 ANNOUNCE MAJOR AFFILIATION
 DETROIT, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Ford Health System (HFHS), one of the nation's major health care systems, and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) of Cleveland, which includes one of the nation's leading private medical schools, today announced a major affiliation agreement. The affiliation will enhance medical education programs for both and rank them among the top 20 medical schools in the nation in terms of National Institutes of Health (NIH) research dollars received, with combined annual funding of $63 million.
 After all the necessary approvals (including that of the Michigan Board of Education) have been obtained, HFHS will train third- and fourth-year CWRU medical students at its metropolitan Detroit facilities, including Henry Ford Hospital and its network of community hospitals and outpatient medical centers. Students will be exposed to the experience and knowledge of the 800-physician Henry Ford Medical Group (HFMG), one of the nation's largest group practices. The agreement also grants faculty appointments to HFHS physicians and scientists involved in the education programs and provides an opportunity for the exchange of scientists between the two institutions.
 "The affiliation will serve as a cornerstone in HFHS's efforts to establish the Henry Ford Health Sciences Center, an integration of academic, research and patient care programs that will strengthen HFHS as a national force in clinical practice, education and research. Enhancing our academic position is a key strategy for HFHS," said HFHS President and Chief Executive Officer Gail L. Warden. "For the Southeast Michigan communities we serve, it means the most advanced diagnostic, treatment and research technologies will be available in their backyard.
 "CWRU is well-known for its progressive approach to medical education and outstanding research programs. HFHS, with its managed care approach to health care, will provide a unique learning environment for the CWRU students," Warden said.
 "An academic atmosphere that encourages innovation and collaboration is the foundation on which strong teaching, research and patient care programs are built," said K.M.A. Welch, M.D., HFHS vice president, academic affairs. "The affiliation will provide students with a mix of managed care, ambulatory care and specialty care experiences and the opportunity to participate in leading-edge research. It will help the HFHS faculty to continue to offer superior care and research in the medical field."
 "HFHS has a good reputation in academic medicine," said Agnar Pytte, Ph.D., CWRU president. "We are particularly impressed with its experience and demonstrated capabilities in ambulatory and managed care which are areas that must have increased emphasis in medical education."
 "The Henry Ford system can provide a stimulating environment for our students," said Neil S. Cherniack, M.D., CWRU vice president of medical affairs and dean of the School of Medicine. "I believe that a number of them will be attracted by the unique experiences available at HFHS. The affiliation also will enhance the research capabilities of both institutions."
 While CWRU will become HFHS's primary academic affiliate, HFHS will continue its relationships with the University of Michigan, participating in the training of approximately 35 medical students annually in each of the third and fourth years. HFHS relationships with Wayne State and Oakland universities in nursing and health sciences education programs also will continue.
 "We have enjoyed a very positive relationship with the U of M Medical School for more than 20 years and we expect that relationship will continue," Warden said.
 All education programs related to the HFHS/CWRU affiliation will be overseen by the dean of the CWRU School of Medicine, in cooperation with an associate dean from the HFHS faculty. HFHS faculty also will participate in CWRU School of Medicine governance and committees.
 As part of the affiliation, HFHS has agreed to participate in the cost and development of an innovative physician-training curriculum to be implemented in both Cleveland and Detroit. The two institutions also have agreed to share in costs related to the education programs established in Detroit.
 HFHS -- the state's sixth-largest employer -- is one of the nation's major integrated health services networks, recognized as a leader in patient care, education, research and diversified health-related services. It offers graduate and undergraduate programs that attract some 600 physicians-in-training each year from around the world. HFHS's research programs are supported by nearly $25 million in annual funding with more than $13 million coming from the NIH. HFHS's diversity makes it a managed care model, a concept in which a single entity assumes responsibility for both financing and providing a defined set of services to its members.
 The CWRU School of Medicine -- which enrolls 138 students per year -- is part of one of the leading independent research-oriented universities in the United States and has the largest biomedical research program in the state of Ohio. It is the recipient of four Association of American Medical Colleges Awards for excellence in medical education, more than any other medical school in the country. CWRU School of Medicine research programs are supported by $70 million in funding each year, with $50 million coming from the NIH. It is affiliated with five Cleveland-area hospitals in addition to HFHS.
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