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New University of Minnesota Health brand reflects a closer partnership

The University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Physicians (UMP), and Fairview Health Services in February launched a new brand, University of Minnesota Health, representing the closer integration of the three organizations and their shared commitment to delivering the best possible care to patients.

University of Minnesota Health will integrate many Fairview and UMP operations without merging the two organizations. It is co-led by Bobbi Daniels, M.D., University of Minnesota Physicians chief executive officer, and Carolyn Wilson, R.N., M.B.A., president of University of Minnesota Medical Center.

Better integration of care across hospitals and clinics will not only improve the patient experience, but it will also make care delivery more efficient. That will help the partner organizations lower health care costs by using team approaches to medicine and by reducing duplication of tests and procedures. Developing and implementing a more nimble and streamlined administrative structure should also help to reduce costs.

Leaders expect the agreement to bolster the national standing of the University of Minnesota Medical School while positioning University of Minnesota Health as a top-tier academic health system nationally. They expect that it will help the University attract and retain the best and brightest students, researchers, and care providers, as well.

Under the new structure, earnings from the clinical enterprise will provide additional funding to the Medical School annually for the next 10 years. The Medical School will receive $7 million in each of the first two years of the agreement, $8 million in each of the next two years, and $10 million annually for six additional years. This support will help the University meet the challenges of the changing health care marketplace and train future physicians.

Included under the University of Minnesota Health umbrella are University of Minnesota Medical Center; University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital; some University of Minnesota Physicians clinics and service lines (such as heart and cancer care); and University of Minnesota Physicians clinics within Fairview Maple Grove Medical Center.

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