|Don Peska, DO|
|Ralph Anderson, MD|
The recently announced partnership between JPS Health Network and UNT Health Science Center will strengthen the delivery of health care in Tarrant County, said Don Peska, DO, Dean of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.
"All of the community benefits from having an efficient health care system," he said. "We don't know yet all that this will accomplish."
What is known is that by sharing services, resources can be redirected to improve the quality and safety of health care, Dr. Peska said. Patients will find it easier to get appointments because more physicians will be available to provide care. They'll also have access to a broader range of specialists and benefit from advances in research being conducted at UNT Health Science Center.
Students and faculty stand to gain from having greater access to a teaching hospital, said Ralph Anderson, MD, Chairman and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Establishing a single clinical practice group also improves the availability of teachers to work with medical students. Faculty members who are not currently working at JPS will have more expanded practice opportunities at JPS.
In the long-run, area hospitals will benefit from access to a concentration of well-trained health professionals, which could help relieve the physician shortage.
The partnership could also lead to more fellowships and sub-specialty training that is currently not available in Fort Worth, Dr. Anderson said. That could encourage graduates to stay in Fort Worth for their fellowships. The agreement also gives scientists more opportunities to see their research move from bench to bedside.
"By redirecting resources, we could essentially grow our own work force and improve the quality of health care," Dr. Peska said.
The collaborative approach not only benefits UNTHSC and JPS but raises their profiles as leaders in one of the newest trends in medicine, Dr. Anderson said.
"Medicine is moving toward a collaborative way of delivering patient care and this agreement encourages that," he said.
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