Case, University Hospitals reach 50-year agreement

By M.R. KROPKO, AP Business Writer

CLEVELAND (AP) - University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University agreed Tuesday to a 50-year partnership for medical education and research.

Case's medical school and University Hospitals of Cleveland have been affiliated for about 100 years and share the same campus.

In recent years, the institutions have sometimes struggled to find common ground on how to attract research funding.

This year, Case and the Cleveland Clinic, also a research and teaching hospital system, partnered to create a school to train doctors for careers in biomedical research.

The affiliation agreement between Case and University Hospitals ended about 10 years ago, but they have had short interim agreements since, said Fred C. Rothstein, acting president and chief executive officer of University Hospitals Health System.

Rothstein met several times this year with Case President Edward M. Hundert to work out a long-term agreement to make the hospital the university's primary affiliate for medical research and education.

"The School of Medicine cannot be a truly great medical school if not partnered with UHC as a great teaching and research hospital," said Charles P. Bolton, chairman of the Case board of trustees. "And University Hospitals cannot be a truly great teaching hospital if not partnered with a great school of medicine."

The university and hospital are building a new research institute as part of the partnership. They will share the cost and management of the facility, which will employ 70 new faculty members, and jointly seek research funding.

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