Regional One Health and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Launch New Faculty Practice

Memphis, Tenn. — Regional One Health and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) have partnered to create a new academic physician group that will enhance the delivery of specialty care and hospital-based medical services in the Memphis area. The new group, called UT Regional One Physicians, launches October 1, 2014, and includes many UT Medical Group, Inc. (UTMG) physicians who have a strong history of affiliation with Regional One Health.

UT Regional One Physicians will provide services in several adult medical specialties including cardiology, obstetrics/gynecology, maternal fetal medicine, infectious disease, hematology, as well as several services provided in both the hospital and outpatient settings such as surgeons, radiologists and anesthesiologists. Between 175 and 180 physicians and advanced practitioners are joining UT Regional One Physicians.

“With the creation of UT Regional One Physicians, Regional One Health is changing the way we think about how physician practices are created, governed and managed,” said Reginald Coopwood, M.D., President and CEO of Regional One Health. “By working together, we hope to improve the continuity and quality of patient care and create a more efficient health care delivery system for the patients we serve.”

The formation of UT Regional One Physicians provides the ideal physician and hospital model while maintaining a commitment to an academic mission and improving the health of the community. The organization takes a new approach to practice management. UT Regional One Physicians is physician led, ensuring the providers have the support they need to provide the best patient care. The health system management by Regional One Health provides opportunities for synergies and best practice in administration and process improvement for positive patient experiences. Finally, UTHSC involvement as the academic partner provides research and innovation that can lead to better outcomes.

“As the health care landscape continues to evolve, expanding established relationships with our partners has become even more pivotal to success,” said David Stern, M.D., Robert Kaplan Executive Dean for the College of Medicine, UTHSC. “Educating and training competent, caring health care professionals is a core element of the UTHSC mission. To achieve that goal, we must extend our relationships with longtime hospital partners like Regional One Health who, like us, are committed to high quality education, research and patient care for every member of our community.”

All providers in UT Regional One Physicians will be UTHSC faculty members, and the group will be governed by an eight-member board of directors including practicing physicians. The practice group is the largest academic-affiliated physician organization in the Mid-South.

About Regional One Health
Regional One Health is a healthcare system providing accessible, efficient, quality health care for individuals in the Mid-South. Its primary service area includes west Tennessee, east Arkansas and north Mississippi. Focusing on compassionate care and exceptional services, Regional One Health is anchored by the acute care hospital Regional Medical Center, which is home to highly respected Centers of Excellence including trauma, burn, neonatal intensive care and high-risk obstetrics. Regional One Health also includes Regional One Health Rehabilitation Hospital; Regional One Health Extended Care Hospital; Regional One Health Surgery Center; a network of primary care physician offices; and an outpatient center. To learn more, visit regionalonehealth.org.

About the University of Tennessee Health Science Center
As Tennessee’s only public, statewide, academic health system, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) is to bring the benefits of the health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human health, with a focus on the citizens of Tennessee and the region, by pursuing an integrated program of education, research, clinical care, and public service. Offering a broad range of postgraduate and selected baccalaureate training opportunities, the main UTHSC campus is located in Memphis and includes six colleges: Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. UTHSC also educates and trains cohorts of medicine, pharmacy and/or health professions students — in addition to medical residents and fellows — at its major sites in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville. Founded in 1911, during its more than 100 years, UT Health Science Center has educated and trained more than 57,000 health care professionals in academic settings and health care facilities across the state. For more information, visit www.uthsc.edu. Follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/uthsc, on Twitter: twitter.com/uthsc and on Instagram: instagram.com/uthsc.

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Angie Golding, Regional One Health
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Sheila Champlin, UT Health Science Center         
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