HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER CONTRACTS WITH TARRANT COUNTY HOSPITAL DISTRICT TO PROVIDE CLINICAL SERVICES FOR JPS HEALTH NETWORK

June 2, 2005

The University of North Texas Health Science Center reached an agreement with the Tarrant County Hospital District effective Oct. 1, that allows the health science center to provide clinical services to John Peter Smith Hospital and the JPS Health Network.

The clinical services will include community medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedic surgery, and psychiatry. Currently, the health science center has contracts to provide cardiology services, administrative management of graduate medical education programs and oversight of clinical research activities.

â??These clinical services, along with the accompanying academic activities and graduate medical education programs, will be provided by our existing faculty, as well as the current clinicians at John Peter Smith, who are members of the North Texas Affiliated Medical Group,â? said Marc B. Hahn, DO, dean of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at the health science center.

Negotiations for the contracts had been ongoing for months. Final agreement on the four clinical services was reached May 27.

â??I believe this is an important moment for the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of North Texas Health Science Center as we move forward with our new, closer relationship with the Tarrant County Hospital District, John Peter Smith Hospital and our community physician partners,â? Dr. Hahn said. â??More importantly, I know that this new relationship will add enhanced services to the community and the citizens of Tarrant County.â?

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Contact: Kay Colley 817-735-2553, cell 817-980-5090, e-mail kacolley@hsc.unt.edu.

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