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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University March 26, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 27
JHM Inks Alliance With Anne Arundel Health System

Innovative new endeavor includes collaborations and satellite health care centers

Johns Hopkins Medicine and Anne Arundel Health System on March 22 signed an agreement to form an innovative strategic alliance that brings together a wide range of experts and clinical programs from both institutions to provide increased access to quality medical care for patients in the region.

The wide-ranging strategic agreement includes the potential of joint clinical programs, satellite health care centers, collaboration on clinical research and exploration of the development of joint physician graduate medical education programs.

"Although our organizations are different, we have much in common, including setting the bar high for delivering exceptional health care to our patients," said Martin L. "Chip" Doordan, president and CEO of Anne Arundel Health System, the parent organization that includes Anne Arundel Medical Center. "This innovative alliance allows us both to make the best use of our resources and expand our respective clinical and organizational strengths, while retaining each organization's independence."

Edward D. Miller, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, said, "This affiliation between Johns Hopkins Medicine and Anne Arundel Health System represents a wonderful opportunity to further promote accessible, affordable patient-centered care in the areas served by both health systems. It is an affiliation made possible by our shared commitment to provide the highest quality medical care to our patients. Beyond direct patient care, there are also many opportunities under this affiliation to collaborate on important medical research and educational projects. We look forward to working closely with our colleagues at Anne Arundel Health System on these and other initiatives that will improve the health of Marylanders."

Ronald R. Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, said, "Not only will both our marketplace positions be strengthened by our strategic alliance, but it also represents a major step toward establishing a strengthened health care delivery system that will benefit patients living in the central and eastern regions of Maryland. With this affiliation, patients in these areas will have access to a full range of health care services, from primary care to the most complex, sophisticated medical care available."

Thursday's agreement further brings together the resources of one of Maryland's fastest growing regional health care systems and one of the world's most highly recognized and respected academic medical centers and research institutions. Anne Arundel Health System was founded in 1902 as a not-for-profit community hospital to serve the state capital of Annapolis and has evolved into a regional health care system serving a population of nearly 1 million in Maryland.

AAHS and Johns Hopkins have been discussing working together on projects for several months.

Recently, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians entered into an agreement with AAHS to provide primary and urgent care for the residents of the Eastern Shore at AAHS' new facility on Kent Island, a 55,000-square-foot ambulatory services building slated to open in early 2008.

Earlier this year, AAMC's Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute and the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center began a clinical program affiliation by joining forces to expand clinical trial options for patients undergoing cancer treatment. Twenty-nine AAMC medical staff members specializing in cancer care are participating in the program, and physicians affiliated with both institutions already are participating in joint tumor conferences. The oncology collaboration provides patients with access to 230 therapeutic trials being conducted at Johns Hopkins and approximately 35 imaging, treatment, prevention and surgical devices clinical trials at AAMC.

Other program affiliations being discussed at this time are in neurosciences and cardiovascular services.

Also being discussed are the locations of satellite health centers, which will be served by both Johns Hopkins and AAMC physicians.

The AAHS-Hopkins affiliation will be managed by a joint planning group that will explore and monitor the implementation of the various collaborative projects.

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