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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Nov. 19 symposium helps celebrate pioneering biomedical imaging center’s 10th anniversary

CLEVELAND – Cleveland has developed into a national leader for medical imaging, which is playing an ever-increasing role in medical diagnostics and research. Ten years ago, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Case Medical Center began assembling a team of researchers and imaging infrastructure with the goal of enabling faculty to make new discoveries and translate these to patients.  This center, called the Case Center for Imaging Research (CCIR), examines structures spanning the spectrum from molecules to humans and has made significant contributions to research in cancer, cardiovascular diseases, orthopedic disorders, neurological diseases, genetics, drug addiction, and other disciplines. 
In a survey taken a few years ago, doctors were asked what the number one development of the past 25 years was that most significantly impacted their ability to care for their patients.  The number one and two responses were MRI and CT imaging.  Imaging has only grown since that survey and new technologies are coming on line almost every day.
“CCIR is a unique imaging research center unlike any in the United States, because it integrates physicians and scientists allowing them to solve unmet clinical needs,” said James Basilion, PhD, director of the CCIR and professor of radiology and biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve. “CCIR seeks to advance medicine through imaging science. The rapidly growing field of biomedical imaging enables us to visualize physiological structures, measure biological functions and evaluate cellular and molecular events without requiring invasive procedures,” said Dr. Basilion, who took over the reins of the center this past year from former director Jeffrey Duerk, PhD, now Dean of the Case School of Engineering and one of CCIR’s founders. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Samaritan Regional Health System to integrate with University Hospitals

CLEVELAND – Effective November 12, 2015, University Hospitals and Samaritan Regional Health System have completed all actions necessary for the full integration of Samaritan Regional Health System and the UH health system. To reflect the integration with UH, Samaritan Regional Health System will be called University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center.  
“Together we have new and exciting opportunities to serve the residents of Ashland County and surrounding communities,” said Thomas F. Zenty III , CEO of University Hospitals.  “We look forward to growing and enhancing Samaritan’s services and programs to continue their long-standing tradition of providing patient-focused, superior-quality health care close to home.”
During the integration, UH will work closely with Samaritan’s board of directors, physicians, leadership, employees and volunteers to bring investments and cost efficiencies that will benefit the communities served, including enhancements to facilities, equipment, services and technologies. Additionally, UH will provide leading-edge technology, innovative practices, strong clinical research and other initiatives that will complement and grow Samaritan’s highly regarded clinical programs.

Monday, November 09, 2015

UH Case Medical Center’s Jackson T. Wright Jr., MD, PhD, authors new results in NEJM from Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT)

CLEVELAND – Jackson T. Wright Jr., MD, PhD, and researchers from University Hospitals Case Medical Center presented new results from the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) showing that in patients at high risk for cardiovascular events, targeting a systolic blood pressure of less than 120 mm Hg resulted in lower rates of fatal and non-fatal major events or death compared to targeting systolic blood pressure to the usually recommended target of less than 140 mm Hg.
The findings presented today at the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions in Orlando and published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) add to the preliminary results from SPRINT announced two months ago. These findings demonstrated intensive management of high blood pressure, below a commonly recommended blood pressure target, significantly reduces rates of cardiovascular disease, and lowers risk of death in a group of adults 50 years and older with high blood pressure. 

Monday, November 02, 2015

Sole ownership of St. John Medical Center in Westlake transfers to University Hospitals

CLEVELAND – University Hospitals (UH) and the Sisters of Charity Health System (SCHS) have satisfied all the requirements from the state government regulators to complete the process of  full integration of St. John Medical Center into the UH health system.

The SCHS and UH signed an agreement in August to transfer sole ownership of St. John Medical Center in Westlake to UH. The announcement followed a five-year agreement under which UH was the managing member of their co-ownership of the hospital.
St. John Medical Center is a 204-bed, full-service, nonprofit, acute care hospital providing comprehensive health care to residents of western Cuyahoga and eastern Lorain counties. The medical center, which has been co-owned by UH and SCHS since 1999, is a leading provider of Catholic health care.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

University Hospitals CEO Thomas F. Zenty III awarded the Warren Bennis Award for Excellence in Leadership

CLEVELAND – The Global Institute for Leadership Development honored University Hospitals CEO Thomas F. Zenty III with the 2015 Warren Bennis Award for Excellence in Leadership.

Warren Bennis, the award’s namesake, was a pioneering leader in the contemporary field of leadership studies. The award honors the courage, endurance, capability and success of each recipient and highlights them as inspirational role models for current and aspiring leaders around the world.

As a Bennis Award winner, Mr. Zenty joins an esteemed circle of leaders. Last year’s honoree was Ken Blanchard, bestselling author of “The One-Minute Manager.” A partial list of previous recipients includes Mikhail Gorbachev; Howard Schultz, Starbucks Chairman and CEO; Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York; Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer prize-winning presidential historian, Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel; Bernard J. Tyson, Kaiser Permanente CEO; John Surma, US Steel CEO; and John Hammergren, CEO of McKesson.

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