A powerful force: an update on U's Medical School and Fairview

Monday, June 18, 2018

Today the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents approved a nonbinding letter of intent among the University, University of Minnesota Physicians (UMP), and Fairview Health Services that takes us one step closer to re-imagining our clinical partnership under the M Health brand.

For more than 20 years, the University has worked to build a strong partnership with Fairview through UMP. This letter of intent sets the stage for strengthening the care, research, and clinician training we offer to Minnesotans. 

This step has been a priority for the past seven years of my presidency. The vision and structure of the new approach combines the strengths of our organizations. It integrates the University’s leadership in academic inquiry and innovation with Fairview’s operations. And it ensures that UMP remains strong and intact, allowing us to fulfill our land-grant mission and provide the highest level of patient-centered care. With this important step, our vision is that much closer to reality.

Our Medical School’s focus on meeting health care’s greatest challenges through discovery and the development of treatments and cures will continue to complement Fairview’s focus on patient care and its presence in Minnesota communities. This approach positions us to significantly increase support for our research enterprise and, over time, seek new opportunities to tap into the strengths of all University of Minnesota colleges and programs.

This step forward is good for the University, for Minnesotans, and, most importantly, for our patients.

There’s still much work to do to complete this partnership agreement, yet the University’s health care enterprise has great momentum. This letter of intent signals that.