Academic medical centers are being tested like never before. It’s time to get creative.
Changes in the health care marketplace are challenging the traditional methods of achieving the missions of the academic medical center. Across the nation, academic institutions are exploring innovative ways to educate future health care professionals, support research that engages the communities that will be impacted by the results and deliver quality services to patients through safe, cost-efficient models of care.
The time has come to get creative. Studies have shown that partnerships between academic medical centers and community organizations support the missions of the academic entity and strengthen the capacity of the community partner.
With this in mind, the VCU Office of Health Innovation is partnering with community-based organizations, regional health care providers, and VCU schools and departments to discuss, formulate and pilot new models that support teaching, research and the delivery of care. By developing unorthodox models in each area, we will strengthen our academic medical center and our community partners.