Monday’s news conference announcing UT’s new partnership with ProMedica is already drawing praise from community leaders and wide-spread coverage. Attending were local and state elected officials, including State Rep. Matt Szollosi (Oregon-OH), who is the No. 2-ranking member of the Ohio House of Representatives.
According to the Blade’s news story:
Toledo Mayor Mike Bell, present at the signing ceremony, lauded the agreement as a big step forward for the area.
“I think that this is a mega accomplishment,” the mayor said. “Being formerly a firefighter and paramedic inside the system and knowing that these two institutions are connected, it is extremely huge.”
The Blade’s editorial board referred to the agreement as a “health care breakthrough” saying “it can only improve the quality of life and economic development locally.”
It further states:
Under the agreement ratified Monday, UT’s medical school will manage residency programs at Toledo Hospital and other ProMedica operations in the region. Jeffrey Gold, dean of the medical school, says that relationship will “shore up the pipeline” of doctors, nurses, and pharmacists in the local medical market.
“This will help patients and families in this community by enhancing health-care delivery,” Dr. Gold told The Blade’s editorial board on Monday. “It will produce tangible wealth for the community as well.”
In addition to increasing immediately the number of ProMedica residents in the region by nearly 40 percent, the partnership will allow the company to expand its residency programs in various high-end specialties.
It also will enable ProMedica patients to benefit from clinical trials and cutting-edge research conducted by the medical school, says ProMedica President Randy Oostra. Dr. Gold says he expects the partnership to encourage drug companies, makers of medical devices, and information technology firms to expand their presence in Toledo.
Lawrence Burns, UT’s vice president of external affairs, predicts the partnership will stimulate substantial spin-off employment. It will encourage development of the area between the UT campus and Toledo Hospital, especially along major thoroughfares such as Dorr Street, he says.
The UT-ProMedica alliance is the biggest development in local health care since the university merged with the former Medical College of Ohio four years ago. Surely it is better for such vital local institutions to work together than at cross purposes, as they had in recent years.
If their partnership on medical education becomes one of those instances in which the whole exceeds the sum of its parts, every resident of northwest Ohio will share in the gains.
The agreement earned local coverage from each TV station, the Toledo Free Press and WSPD radio as well.