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A message from IU School of Medicine Dean D. Craig Brater on the Wishard Health-Community Health Network partnership

Feb. 21, 2013

Colleagues,

Yesterday, Wishard-Eskenazi Health and Community Health Network announced a partnership that they intend will expand access to health care, especially for the indigent and underserved. The two health care providers have already begun aligning resources, and they are expanding access to any Community site for patients covered by Wishard’s Hospital Advantage program, which serves Marion County residents at or below 200 percent of the poverty level.

D. Craig Brater

D. Craig Brater, M.D.

Understandably, you wonder what this partnership means to the IU School of Medicine and its relationships, particularly with Wishard. Leaders from Wishard and Community met with me prior to the announcement, and Wishard, specifically, emphasized the importance of the historically strong relationship between itself and the School of Medicine. Education and research were stressed, including affirmation of the exclusive educational partnership between the two entities, as well as a desire to enhance those missions to ensure Wishard remains strong for the benefit of the community.  

We are engaging in what I anticipate will be a series of meetings and conversations with Wishard and Community leadership to understand the details of their partnership as it evolves. We also know there are no plans to eliminate any positions or locations as a result of this partnership. In addition, both Wishard and Community will retain individual boards to ensure cooperation and adherence to the individual and shared missions of their respective organizations.

We will provide additional updates to faculty and staff as they become available. Meanwhile, if you have additional questions, Wishard and Community have created a website with a series of FAQs and updates, including one update specifically for physicians, at patienthealthpartnership.org.

Sincerely,

D. Craig Brater, M.D.

Dean & Walter J. Daly Professor
Indiana University School of Medicine
VP for University Clinical Affairs

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