SOURCE: UHC

January 29, 2008 08:00 ET

University HealthSystem Consortium Hits 100-Member Milestone

OAK BROOK, IL--(Marketwire - January 29, 2008) - The University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) Board of Directors approved the membership request of Baylor Clinic and Hospital in Houston, Tex, increasing the size of UHC's membership to 100 full members. The UHC board approved Jackson Health System in Miami, Fla, and University of Louisville Health Care in Louisville, Ky, as the 98th and 99th members, respectively, during the same meeting.

UHC, an alliance of 100 academic medical centers and 153 of their affiliated hospitals, offers its members specific programs and services to improve clinical, operational, and patient safety performance. In addition to accessing these services, new members Jackson Health System and Baylor Clinic and Hospital will use UHC's Supply Chain Optimization services, accessing the contract portfolio through UHC's contracting services company, Novation.

"We are pleased that these organizations understand the value of UHC membership, and we know that their unique contributions will enhance the UHC experience for all consortium members," said Irene M. Cumming, president and chief executive officer of UHC.

In a unique situation, nonprofit Baylor Clinic and Hospital chose to join UHC while under construction. Operated by the Baylor College of Medicine, the hospital and outpatient clinic is slated to open 250-bed Phase I in 2010 and expand to 600 beds in Phase II.

"Being familiar with the value UHC affords its members, we believe that our relationship with the alliance and access to its services will provide solid footing as we create state-of-the-art care for the Houston community," said Donna Sollenberger, chief executive officer of Baylor Clinic and Hospital. Sollenberger recently served as president and chief executive officer of University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics, a UHC member.

Jackson Health System, a 2,139-bed organization, operates 3 hospitals, 2 nursing homes, and 12 community clinics in Miami. The system has a physician education affiliation with the University of Miami and Florida International University. Jackson Memorial Hospital, one of the largest public teaching hospitals in the United States, is south Florida's most complete health care provider.

University Medical Center comprises University Hospital and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center and works in partnership with the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center, which includes the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, and Public Health and Information Sciences. James H. Taylor, president and chief executive officer of University Medical Center, expects long-term benefits for University of Louisville Health Care through the new alliance with UHC.

"As the region's leading academic medical center, we are committed to providing quality care to the people of western Kentucky and southern Indiana, as well as being the primary teaching medical facility for the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center," said Taylor. "Collaboration with the country's other top academic medical centers will only propel us to a new level of research and patient care."

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