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CSU, CU TEAM UP FOR HEALTH CARE
by Tony Phifer
WHEN THE COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY RAMS and University of Colorado Buffaloes square off as athletic rivals, the results very often are memorable.
But it’s when CSU and CU work together as academic partners that the results are truly impressive. That’s why a beefed-up partnership between CSU and UCHealth is so exciting.
The partnership has several compelling elements, including UCHealth’s continued role as the preferred in-network health care provider for CSU employees while working with the existing CSU Student Health Network to staff the new CSU Health and Medical Center.
The agreement also continues UCHealth’s role in providing exclusive care for CSU’s student-athletes.
In addition, the enhanced partnership includes the CU School of Medicine exploring the possibility of expanding medical education opportunities with CSU, with a target date of mid-2017 set for developing a plan that could lead to a future medical school branch in Fort Collins.
The universities already work together closely through a joint venture for the Colorado School of Public Health and as partner members in the CU Cancer Center.
“There’s no question that CSU and CU compete with one another for a few hours each year on the field and court,” CSU President Tony Frank said. “But we also work extraordinarily well together when it comes to what really matters: service to our state, our communities and the advancement of knowledge. Our partnership with UCHealth has served CSU so well for many years. This agreement takes these commitments to a whole new level.”
Kevin Unger (BA Sociology ’92, Ph.D. Education and Human Resource Studies ’13), president and CEO of UCHealth’s Poudre Valley Hospital and Medical Center of the Rockies, is delighted to reinforce UCHealth’s multifaceted relationship with Colorado State.
“As someone who graduated from CSU, I’m proud to work closely with my alma mater and ensure CSU’s staff and athletes receive the very best health care,” he said.
Anne Hudgens, executive director of the CSU Health Network for the past six years, said the partnership will be a boon as on-campus health services move from the Hartshorn Health Center to the CSU Health and Medical Center, currently under construction on the corner of College Avenue and Prospect Road, next year.
“By partnering with UCHealth, we will be able to provide an even broader range of health care services to the entire campus,” she said.
“We’re thrilled about the possibilities this offers to serve our community together.”