Trinity Health – New England and Quinnipiac University today announced the signing of a primary educational affiliation to train the next generation of health care providers to meet the health care needs of patients in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Beginning in 2017, Trinity Health – New England hospitals will expand their existing partnership with Quinnipiac to include students enrolled at the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, the School of Nursing and the School of Health Sciences at Quinnipiac University.
This affiliation will provide students with opportunities to complete their clinical rotations at any of Trinity Health – New England’s facilities in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Trinity Health – New England’s Regional Health Ministry includes Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center and Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital in Hartford, Johnson Memorial Medical Center in Stafford Springs, and Sisters of Providence Health System, which includes Mercy Medical Center, in Springfield, Massachusetts. Saint Mary’s Health System in Waterbury will also be a participating provider after the Office of Health Care Access approves Trinity Health – New England’s Certificate of Need to include Saint Mary’s in its regional health ministry. That approval is anticipated later this summer.
“This affiliation will ensure the robust development of an interprofessional workforce to care for the present and future health care needs of patients, families and communities across New England,” said Steven T. Ruby, M.D., chief clinical officer at Hartford-based Trinity Health – New England. “We’re excited about the opportunity to be the primary clinical partner with Quinnipiac to develop the next generation of health care providers.”
“The partnership with Trinity Health – New England will support the educational programs in Quinnipiac’s schools of medicine, nursing and health sciences, and provide our students with high-quality teachers, mentors and clinical facilities in which to learn,” said Bruce Koeppen, M.D. vice president of health affairs and founding dean of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac.
Trinity Health – New England hospitals have a long history of training health professionals from multiple educational institutions, including a strong commitment to providing clinical sites for students from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. In addition, Saint Francis has been a training site for nursing, physician assistant and other health professional students from Quinnipiac for many years.
“Trinity Health – New England is a major high-quality organization that is experienced in educating the health care providers of the future and has a reputation for providing student and resident trainees with outstanding clinical experiences,” said Richard Stahl, M.D., senior associate dean for strategic relationships at the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac. “We greatly value this relationship and eagerly look forward to working with them.”