The Premier hospital alliance and the Astra Merck pharmaceutical company have agreed to develop research and education programs at Celebration Health, a $40 million health campus under construction at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
The announcements were made last week as part of Disney World's 25th anniversary observances.
Premier has agreed to create a national education and training center for healthcare executives at Celebration Health's 250-seat conference center.
The clinical and management educational programs will be made available to Premier's 1,800 hospitals and other Celebration partners, including Johnson & Johnson and General Electric Medical Systems, said Des Cummings, Celebration Health's president and chief executive officer.
"This will bring key healthcare decisionmakers here to see the facility and help our partners like GE showcase their equipment," Cummings said. Milwaukee-based GE has agreed to supply Celebration Health with state-of-the-art diagnostic and medical equipment as they become available.
Meanwhile, Astra Merck, a joint venture of Merck & Co. and Astra of Sweden, has agreed to fund a five-year, $5 million community health research project with the Healthcare Forum, a San Francisco-based research and education association.
Celebration is one of six cities chosen to be part of the research project, said Kathryn Johnson, Healthcare Forum's president and CEO. She said the other five cities have not been chosen.
"We will take what we learn from Celebration*.*.*.*and spread it around the country," Johnson said. The project will collect health and socioeconomic data from the cities and its healthcare facilities. "Our goal is world-class communities."
Through the Healthcare Forum's computer simulation, called the Community Builder, researchers will assess the relationship between health and education, employment, crime, air and water quality, spirituality and the arts.
Celebration Health, a 100-bed hospital expected to open in October 1997, is owned by Florida Hospital Medical Center, the flagship facility of Adventist Health System/Sunbelt, Orlando.
The 250,000-square-foot health campus is designed to emphasize preventive, acute and rehabilitative care to accommodate the needs of some 20,000 residents of Celebration, Fla., Disney's new futuristic community.
"The research generated here (at Celebration) will be unlike any other place," said Leland Kaiser, a consultant to Celebration Health. "Celebration Health (and Disney's residential community) will be a learning laboratory that will help transform healthcare from one era to the next."