The collaboration creates a synergistic platform for both health care providers to build on their own strengths, sharing best practices to more efficiently and effectively serve patients; maintaining the convenience of primary care across the community combined with seamless access to specialty care when needed.
"This initiative is a natural fit for the University of Miami Health System as we expand our care into more communities," said Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., senior vice president for health affairs at the University of Miami and CEO of UHealth. "Women's health often translates to the health of the entire family. Bringing academic specialty care and research to VitalMD affiliate practices' patients will create a network of services that run the continuum of care and further enhance our mission to improve access for more patients."
Among the expected benefits is increased value through clinical program collaboration, improved efficiencies, coordination of care, creation of evidence-based care models, and expanded resident/fellow teaching opportunities.
Glenn Salkind, M.D., president of VitalMD, describes the alliance as a "bold step" for South Florida health care. "Working with the University of Miami Health System, we dramatically expand our network of physicians. We are better able to meet our community's needs by offering this seamless connection to academic medical care for specialty services."
The alliance will start with select VitalMD physicians providing care in Sylvester multi-disciplinary breast cancer clinics in Miami-Dade – at The Lennar Foundation Medical Center on the University's Coral Gables campus – and in Broward, seeing patients at Sylvester at Deerfield Beach and Sylvester at Plantation.
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SOURCE University of Miami Health System