Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, agreed to a formal affiliation with Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, under which the two organizations will share research, facilities and resources. In addition, more Henry Ford physicians and researchers will receive faculty appointments, an opportunity that could improve the health system's relationship with its 800 employed physicians, said Mark Kelley, M.D., executive vice president and CEO of the Henry Ford medical group. "A teaching hospital without strong ties to a medical school is incomplete," Kelley said. Henry Ford also has a relationship with Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, which Kelley described as "strong on paper, but not in practice."
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Clinic is talking with Las Vegas officials about building a teaching and research hospital west of the city, according to the Associated Press. When reached by telephone, clinic officials and representatives from Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman's office would not comment. There have been discussions with several interested parties besides the Cleveland Clinic, including the Nevada state university system and the Veterans Health Administration. From 1990 to 2000, Las Vegas' population increased 83% to 1.5 million. It is the nation's fastest-growing metropolitan area. - by Susanna Moon and Julie Piotrowski