(Seated, left to right) Theresa Rutherford, President and CEO of HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, and Ronnie Martin, DO, Dean of the Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM), sign an affiliation agreement providing for the clinical education of LUCOM osteopathic medical students at St. Anthony’s. Sharing in the moment were (standing) Ryan Jennings, MD, St. Anthony’s Chief Medical Officer, and Eric Gish, DO, LUCOM Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs.
HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital has announced a partnership with Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) in Lynchburg, Virginia. The partnership is based on an aligned vision: providing excellent patient-centered care to an underserved population through the marriage of medical science and the love of Jesus Christ.
On November 5 at Liberty’s Center for Medical and Health Sciences, St. Anthony’s and LUCOM took a major step forward together and officially signed an affiliation agreement providing for the clinical education of osteopathic medical students. As LUCOM student-doctors look ahead to their graduate medical education careers and practices, St. Anthony’s will now be one of the clinical sites they consider.
“Our physicians and Board of Directors are committed to delivering exceptional care to our community and recognized the need to introduce new physicians and services to our area. Partnering with LUCOM provides us an opportunity to help develop the skills of physicians in training while they become familiar with our region,” said Teresa Rutherford, President and CEO of HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital. “We know physicians are most likely to practice in an area where they trained and establishing these relationships early will allow us to grow and develop our medical staff with the highly-trained medical student-doctors of LUCOM.”
Student-doctors on clinical rotations will gain experience in a hospital that serves a population of over 250,000 people. In fiscal year 2015, St. Anthony’s admitted 5,518 patients. Emergency visits topped 26,000, and outpatient visits totaled over 207,000.
“It is fitting for St. Anthony’s to partner with Liberty University as our missions are so closely aligned in demonstrating Christ’s love to those we serve,” said Rutherford. “Having a similar calling allows us to encourage and develop a relationship with medical students who desire to connect spiritually with their patients, therefore fitting well with our St. Anthony’s Mission to ‘reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality Franciscan health care ministry.’”
With St. Anthony’s affiliation with Hospital Sisters Health System, a health care ministry with 14 hospitals and multi-specialty medical groups in Illinois and Wisconsin, Dr. Martin hopes this agreement is the first of many to come.