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Published: 10/10/2006

St. Vincent's Announces Academic Affiliation with University of Connecticut School of Medicine

St Vincent's Medical Center - Bridgeport CTBRIDGEPORT, CT, October 10, 2006 - St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport and The University of Connecticut School of Medicine (UCSOM) in Farmington have announced a major academic affiliation agreement. The affiliation agreement, effective immediately, was signed by Susan L. Davis, RN, Ed.D., President/Chief Executive Officer of St. Vincent's Medical Center and Peter J. Deckers, MD, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

"This is an affiliation that offers major benefits to both parties," said Susan L. Davis. "It provides us with world class academic resources and appointments to support excellent clinical programs and assist in the recruitment of physicians."

Deckers said the affiliation provides UCSOM with a clinical venue in Fairfield County, a large group of committed, outstanding physicians in all specialties, and the ability to work within a tradition of established residency programs at St. Vincent's.

Jose Missri, MD, Chief Medical Officer of St. Vincent's Medical Center, said UConn was selected for the affiliation after a lengthy search by St. Vincent's with medical schools interested in seeking an academic affiliation.

"After careful review, we felt the St. Vincent's-UConn academic affiliation meets the needs for both institutions in a way that will move us both forward and bring considerable benefits to the community," said Dr. Missri.

Under the agreement, both institutions will keep their existing residency programs. However, St. Vincent's residents will be able to pursue elective rotations at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Likewise, UCSOM students will be assigned to ambulatory and inpatient programs in clinical areas at St. Vincent's, where they will be taught by the St. Vincent's physician faculty.

St. Vincent's will be entitled to appoint an Assistant Dean for Medical Education at UCSOM and St. Vincent's physicians will receive clinical appointments at UConn School of Medicine. Both faculties will also be involved in Continuing Medical Education (CME) training, with UCSOM assisting in CME programs and providing academic support for new postgraduate programs at St. Vincent's.

Missri said that in addition to helping to train new physicians and providing continuing medical education opportunities for the medical staff, the affiliation will enhance patient care by providing opportunities to participate in clinical trials and improving clinical programs.

"A hospital that has an academic affiliation is one that provides the highest quality care and latest treatment for patients. Teaching hospitals offer a higher level of care for individuals with constant new learning, outcomes measure and strive for best practices," Dr. Missri said.

St. Vincent's vice president Michael Herman, MD, Vice President said St. Vincent's has a long-standing tradition of providing residency programs in medicine, radiology and surgery.

"The affiliation will continue to foster academic initiatives that will enhance our residency programs," said Dr. Herman. "The agreement also helps to keep the best and the brightest in Connecticut and provide opportunities for state residents to practice medicine in the community."

Dr. Herman said that under the agreement, UConn will make its medical library available to St. Vincent's, which will establish the technology infrastructure to enable connectivity to the UConn databases.

About St. Vincent's

St. Vincent's Medical Center is a 397-bed community teaching and referral hospital providing a full range of inpatient and outpatient services with regional centers of excellence in cardiology, surgery, cancer care, orthopedics, diagnostics, women's and family services, behavioral health, senior health and an array of specialized services.

St. Vincent's has set new standards in care with the recent opening of its state-of-the-art 30-bed Intensive Care and Critical Care Unit and 27,000 square foot Operating Suite including 10 operating rooms and a 12-bed post-anesthesia unit (PACU). In addition to incorporating the latest technology and design standards, the advances in care are backed by a patient and family-centered approach to care.

St. Vincent's is a subsidiary of St. Vincent's Health Services, which include Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services, St. Vincent's College, St. Vincent's Special Needs Services, and St. Vincent's Immediate Health Care Centers. It is a member of Ascension Health, the nation's largest Catholic healthcare system. St. Vincent's is a teaching affiliate of New York Medical College. The Medical Center is also sponsor of Swim Across the Sound, one of the nation's largest hospital-based cancer prevention and patient support programs. For referral to a St. Vincent's physician or about programs and services, call the toll-free Care Line at 1-877-255-SVHS (7847) or visit www.stvincents.org.

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