GREENVILLE, S.C.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Greenville Health System made history this week when it became the nation’s first shared academic health center to be built around a healthcare system in partnership with universities. The GHS “clinical university” model features Clemson University, Furman University and the University of South Carolina as GHS’ primary academic partners.
“GHS in association with its university partners presents a forward-thinking model for many of the challenges facing health care today”
Program architect Spence Taylor, GHS’ vice president for academics and himself a nationally acclaimed academic surgeon, said the new clinical university model would harness the best of academic scholarship, medical research and front-line experience.
According to the Association of Academic Health Centers, an academic health center is typically a university with a medical school and at least one other health profession school that owns or is affiliated with a teaching hospital or health system.
“GHS in association with its university partners presents a forward-thinking model for many of the challenges facing health care today,” said Steven Wartman, MD, PhD, president and CEO of the Association of Academic Health Centers. “It is an innovative approach, and I look forward to following their progress in the coming years.”
Only about two percent of healthcare systems in the U.S. are designated as academic health centers.
“Health care is at a crucial crossroads,” said GHS President and CEO Michael Riordan. “We believe that the clinical university model is a game changer that will improve patient care, not only at GHS, but across the state and even at a national level. By focusing our efforts in this collaborative powerhouse, we can leverage resources to accomplish more than any one of us could do by ourselves.”
The clinical university model formally aligns South Carolina’s two largest research universities and most prominent liberal arts university with one of the largest health systems in the Southeast.
The innovative model will leverage the existing competencies and resources of its primary academic partners rather than duplicating infrastructure. This unique collaboration allows GHS and its academic partners to concentrate on the academic and research initiatives that best meet the region’s healthcare and workforce needs.
Teaching and learning in the clinical university model will be based on the current, real-world healthcare needs of the community. Students will leave uniquely ready to enter the workforce rather than needing the additional training or clinical integration that may be required of graduates from other programs.