RMA Zoom Event to Discuss Academic Health Systems

The Retired Men’s Association of Greenwich, Inc. (RMA) will present a Zoom talk with Dr. Ed Miller discussing: “Academic Health Systems and Their Role in Providing Health Care.” The program will take place on Wednesday, June 24 at 11 a.m. Pre-registration is required, contact info@greenwichrma.org

Economic and efficiency forces drove hospitals to affiliate with one another during the past 35 years. Such affiliations can provide medical educational functions, economies of scale and negotiation, and voluntary referral patterns. Academic healthcare systems are only one way that hospitals have chosen to affiliate with one another. They are associations of hospital and clinics centering around a large tertiary care hospital and medical school, such as Johns Hopkins, Columbia, and Cornell. Our community hospital, Greenwich Hospital, participates in this type of association by being a member of the Yale New Haven Healthcare system.

Miller will discuss the merits of academic health care systems and their role in providing health care. Fruitful as these affiliations are, their bonds have also been tested during unanticipated emergencies such as the current corona virus pandemic.

Miller attended college at Ohio Wesleyan, medical school at the University of Rochester, trained in anesthesiology and physiology at Harvard Medical School and the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, and worked for 11 years at the University of Virginia hospital, including running their Surgical ICU. He has published over 150 research papers on anesthesia, became professor and chairman of the department of anesthesiology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University and then at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and served as the Dean of the Medical Faculty of Johns Hopkins Medical School and Chief Executive Officer of the Medical School and the Johns Hopkins Hospital for 15 years. Having presided over an outstanding healthcare system, he is well equipped to explain and evaluate it.

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