Creation of Public-Private Partnership for State-Owned Academic Medical Center and Community Hospitals
State-owned regional health science center, consisting of a 450-bed academic medical center and two community medical centers operated together with a School of Medicine, School of Graduate Studies and School of Allied Health.
The Health Science Center had a long history of training new physicians and other healthcare professionals who formed the foundation for health care in the region. The three hospitals served patients from all socio-economic backgrounds, but a disproportionate share of the region's Medicaid and uninsured population.
With the onset of the Affordable Care Act, the state determined that the current model for the Health Science Center was not sustainable. Leadership for the Health Science Center was directed to seek a local partnership with a private organization to operate the three medical facilities and provide the educational settings required for medical training. The Health Science center was given a deadline for organization, evaluation, solicitation, selection, negotiation, agreement, implementation and full transition to occur in less than two years.