Case Western Reserve University and MetroHealth have agreed to extend their education and research partnership for another decade, continuing medical students' clinical learning opportunities through June 30, 2031.
The announced agreement also includes a shared commitment to identify additional education options for CWRU's allied health students within MetroHealth and signals the hospital's commitment to increasing its research efforts, according to a news release.
"This agreement expands and strengthens our partnership, for the good of both organizations, and for the benefit of the community," said Dr. Akram Boutros, MetroHealth president and CEO, in a provided statement. "MetroHealth's transformation will create advanced, engaged, and innovative campus, neighborhoods, research and teaching programs."
CWRU and MetroHealth have a long history of partnership. One of their most longstanding joint efforts involves the Cleveland FES Center, which is now a citywide consortium dedicated to applying electrical signals to the nervous system to enhance patients' quality of life such as by restoring movement to paralyzed muscles, according to the release. The FES Center also includes the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center, University Hospitals and Cleveland Clinic.
Last month, MetroHealth announced its addition to the National Center for Regenerative Medicine, which is based at the university and includes Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals, according to the release. MetroHealth and the dental school at CWRU launched an affiliation four years ago to expand the hospital's oral health services, as well as research and clinical opportunities for students and residents.
"This 10-year extension recognizes the strength of our existing collaborations and provides more ways for us to engage with one another," CWRU president Eric W. Kaler said in a provided statement. "We look forward to seeing our collective progress in learning and discovery."