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Monday, August 31, 2015

Sisters of Charity Health System and University Hospitals announce plans to transfer sole ownership of St. John Medical Center in Westlake to UH

CLEVELAND — The Sisters of Charity Health System (SCHS) and University Hospitals (UH) have signed an agreement to transfer sole ownership of St. John Medical Center in Westlake to UH. The announcement follows a five-year agreement under which UH was the managing member of their co-ownership of the hospital. The agreement is expected to be finalized within 60 days, subject to regulatory review.
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.
The legacy of Catholic health care at St. John Medical Center will be continued through a commitment by UH to be accountable to the Bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland. UH leadership will work with the Bishop to create a mission and values committee to ensure that all of the vital components of the hospital’s Catholic identity continue.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Samaritan Regional Health System (SRHS) in Ashland County will become part of University Hospitals

CLEVELAND and ASHLAND - University Hospitals (UH) in Cleveland and Samaritan Regional Health System (SRHS) in Ashland County have reached an agreement for SRHS to join the UH health system. The agreement has been approved by both health systems’ boards and is subject to final approval from state government regulators. The transaction is expected to close in late 2015.

SRHS officials conducted a thorough and rigorous process to evaluate their best options for joining a successful health care system in order to better serve their patients. This announcement comes after a dedicated, year-long search identifying SRHS’s best options to continue the organization’s mission of “promoting the health and wellness of people in the communities served.” The recommendation to explore an affiliation with UH came from a special committee comprised of SRHS Board and medical staff leaders with assistance from experienced health care consultants.

Chris M. Gonzalez, MD, named Chairman of Urology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Chris M. Gonzalez, MD, named Chairman of Urology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

CLEVELAND – Following an extensive national search, Chris M. Gonzalez, MD, MBA, FACS, has been named Chairman of the Department of Urology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
“Dr. Gonzalez is a nationally and internationally known expert in genitourinary reconstruction,” said Fred C. Rothstein, MD, President, University Hospitals Case Medical Center. “We also were attracted by his strong commitment to community service.  He has led initiatives to enhance community access to preventive screenings among medically underserved populations as well as international missions.  Furthermore, he has led efforts to improve patient care quality and control costs through new technologies.  His breadth of expertise will help him to expand the Department of Urology’s presence in our community as well as strengthen our research and clinical care.” 
“Dr. Gonzalez is an accomplished researcher and award-winning educator, and we are pleased to welcome him to Case Western Reserve and our broader community,” said medical school dean Pamela B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D., also the university’s senior vice president for medical affairs. “His work to extend care to the underserved and extensive publication record testify to his commitment to advancing his field through increasing access and knowledge. We look forward to his contributions to our community.”
Dr. Gonzalez’s research interests include genitourinary reconstructive surgery outcomes, health policy, and health care quality improvement.  He led a National Institutes of Health Prostate SPORE Pilot Project looking at the effect of migration on the incidence of prostate cancer among Hispanic men.
Dr. Gonzalez comes to Cleveland from Northwestern University where he is a professor of urology, director of the genitourinary reconstruction and prosthetics fellowship program, and Director of Surgery for Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the 259 E. Erie Ambulatory Surgery Center, and Prentice Women’s Hospital. He is the current Vice Chair of Public Policy and Practice Support for the American Urologic Association, and recently completed a four-year term on the American Board of Urology Examination Committee.
For more than a decade, he coordinated the International Urologic Relief Mission of Northwestern University’s Department of Urology that took urologic care to developing nations, and he led the Community Outreach Prostate Cancer Screening Initiative for Northwestern Medicine.
He has received numerous awards for resident teaching excellence and was named to the Best Doctors in America list for seven consecutive years. He is active in professional associations and has served on the board of the Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons and most recently as president of the Chicago Urological Society.
He earned his medical degree at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, and completed his urology residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He completed a research fellowship at Northwestern University and an MBA at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.  He is also a retired captain from the United States Army National Guard. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

U.S. News ranks University Hospitals Case Medical Center among nation's best hospitals

CLEVELAND – University Hospitals Case Medical Center once again has been recognized as one of the nation's best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. UH Case Medical Center was ranked among the country’s top 50 in nine methodology-ranked specialties. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 26th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.
The recent data underscores UH Case Medical Center’s elite, national standing as a leader in clinical care as less than 3 percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2015-16 earned national ranking in even one specialty. UH Case Medical Center is nationally ranked in: Cancer; Cardiology & Heart Surgery; Ear, Nose & Throat; Gastroenterology and GI Surgery; Geriatrics; Nephrology; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Orthopaedics; and Urology.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

UH Seidman Cancer Center investigators develop activated T cell therapy for advanced melanoma

CLEVELAND – T cells from patients with melanoma can trigger a protective immune response against the disease according to a new study out of University Hospitals Case Medical Center Seidman Cancer Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
Published in the July/August issue of Journal of Immunotherapy, these new findings demonstrate that T cells derived from lymph nodes of patients with melanoma can be expanded in number and activated in the laboratory for intravenous administration in the treatment of patients.  Led by Julian Kim, MD, Chief Medical Officer at UH Seidman Cancer Center, the research team has developed a novel technique to generate large numbers of activated T cells which can be transferred back into the same patient to stimulate the immune system to attack the cancer.
“This study is unique in that the source of T cells for therapy is derived from the lymph node, which is the natural site of the immune response against pathogens as well as cancer,” says Dr. Kim who is also Professor of Surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the Charles Hubay Chair at UH Case Medical Center. “These encouraging results provide the rationale to start testing the transfer of activated T cells in a human clinical trial.”
t; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>Anthem and UH announced in December 2014 a commercial Accountable Care Organization (ACO) designed to improve the overall quality of care while lowering the overall cost of health care. This new Accountable Care Organization for Medicare will leverage and expand upon the current relationship and market-leading infrastructure to coordinate care through high-quality providers to positively impact Anthem MA members’ health and wellness. The enhanced personal health care arrangement brings high-quality, patient-centered care to patients, and helps to control costs by promoting greater preventive care, enhanced care coordination and effective chronic disease management.
“University Hospitals is pleased to join with Anthem on this new accountable care arrangement that will enhance health services and improve coordination of care for Anthem’s Medicare Advantage members,” said Paul Tait, UH Chief Strategic Planning Officer. “As a national leader in population health management, we have had great success in improving health, enhancing quality of care, and managing costs for patients in our accountable care programs and we look forward to serving Anthem Medicare members.”

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