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5.23.2012

UM Hospital Earns Statutory Teaching Hospital Designation

University of Miami Hospital has earned designation as a statutory teaching hospital from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration — becoming just the 10th such teaching hospital in the state.

“This designation recognizes the outstanding graduate medical education and program direction the University of Miami has been providing for decades,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School, and CEO of University of Miami Health System. “We are honored and proud that University of Miami Hospital has earned this distinction.”

The statutory teaching hospital designation is granted to hospitals with at least 100 full-time equivalent resident physicians in seven or more graduate medical education programs.

University of Miami Hospital (UMH) is a 560-bed facility that provides multispecialty, acute care to patients from across the region. Minimally-invasive procedures, leading-edge cardiac techniques performed in a state-of-the-art cardiovascular lab, life-saving surgeries and emergency care are just some of the services offered by Miller School faculty and private physicians in the University’s flagship facility.

“This is one more indicator that UMH is about great care, great doctors and breakthrough medicine,” said Jonathan “Jack” Lord, M.D., Chief Operating Officer of UHealth and the Miller School.

The only university-owned and operated teaching hospital in the state, UMH is a key component of the University of Miami Medical Center, composed of the Miller School and UHealth-University of Miami Health System.

The University of Miami Health System includes the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute – ranked the No. 1 eye hospital in the country by U.S. News & World Report for eight years in a row – and the University of Miami Medical Group, the largest multispecialty physician practice in the state of Florida.

In addition, the Miller School receives more research funding from the National Institutes of Health than any other medical school in Florida.

The University has a longstanding affiliation with Jackson Memorial Hospital, the largest teaching hospital in Florida, where more than 1,000 residents are trained in more than 70 medical specialties each year. “UMH is an important site for the UM/Jackson Residency Training Program, which has trained more physicians in Florida than any other program,” Dean Goldschmidt said.

Rafael Campo, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of UMH, says the hospital’s designation as a teaching hospital ultimately will improve care for all patients. “As a teaching hospital, we will be able to maintain the high quality of residency training, and through that enhanced educational experience, we’ll be able to offer a broader and more complex array of services to patients,” Campo said. “The compassionate care provided by the staff at UMH will reinforce our mission in the next generation of physicians.”

Horacio Groisman, M.D., President and Chief of Staff of UMH, said, “The medical staff is proud of this new, very significant step and the private physicians are looking forward to working with the residents in the near future.”

Describing the designation as “historic,” UMH Chief Executive Officer Daniel Snyder said, “It speaks to the excellence in patient care at our hospital and the focus on advancing medicine by training the next generation of doctors.”

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