Reception celebrates OU-HCOM’s planned extension campus at Cleveland
(CLEVELAND - Nov. 26, 2012), A gala reception Monday
night at Cleveland Clinic’s Sydell and Arnold Miller Family
Pavilion Rooftop welcomed
recently appointed dean of the Ohio University Heritage College of
Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM), Kenneth Johnson, D.O., and
celebrated the college’s
planned extension campus in affiliation with Cleveland Clinic,
scheduled to open summer, 2015.
More than 150 medical professionals, health system leaders, business
leaders, civic leaders and higher education professionals attended
the event, highlighting the significant impact that the expanded
partnership will have for health care in northeastern Ohio as well
as the future of medical education.
OU-HCOM and the Cleveland Clinic have been longtime partners in
osteopathic medical education. Cleveland Clinic South Pointe
Hospital, then called Brentwood Hospital, was one of the original
hospitals where OU-HCOM students received clinical training when the
college convened classes in 1976, and it was the first osteopathic
hospital in Ohio approved for training residents in family medicine.
Ohio, with its excellent health care systems and physicians, has
played a very significant and important role in training our
students since that first class began their rotations 34 years ago,”
said Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis, Ph.D.
“We thank the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Clinic South Pointe
Hospital, and the Brentwood Foundation for their longtime
friendship, enthusiasm and support, and for making this new
extension campus possible.”
Pending accreditation, the campus will open with an initial class of 32
medical students in July 2015. The students will spend all four
years of medical school at the northeastern Ohio campus.
“This partnership reflects a national
trend toward greater integration among healthcare organizations and
together we have found an innovative way to work together to improve
medical education and patient care for all,” said Toby Cosgrove,
M.D., president and CEO of Cleveland Clinic.
“The opportunity we have is to create a medical education experience
that puts us five, ten, 15 years in the future,” said Dr. Johnson.
“We’re looking for people who have significant leadership skills who
are dedicated to primary care. As we transform medical education we
can also transform the way that we take care of people. I want us to
lead in a way that other people want to come along.”
“We, at the AOA, applaud both the Cleveland Clinic and OU-HCOM for
the contributions they’ve made to medicine. And we applaud this
partnership,” said Ray Stowers, D.O., president of the American
“It’s a partnership that will fulfill a great need for primary care
physicians in Ohio, particularly in the northeast region. It’s a
partnership that will help to better position our profession as a
leader and proponent for the best patient care available.”