While there has been a lot of talk about UTMC in the media, ProMedica has been busy listening — listening to the publicly shared concerns of the University of Toledo (UToledo), UTMC employees, and the community.
ProMedica believes it offers a unique local solution that would meet the needs of all of the major constituents and preserve UTMC as a publicly-owned hospital by UToledo. Therefore, we have decided to respond to UToledo’s request for proposal. Our proposal presents a model for the joint operation of UTMC by UToledo and ProMedica that would enable UTMC to become financially sustainable. Under the model, UToledo would maintain ownership and ultimate control of UTMC, and ProMedica would provide management and other services.
Though publicly sharing our intentions this early in the process is not standard, we felt it was important to do so to ensure maximum openness and transparency. ProMedica proposes to:
Maintain UTMC as a vital asset for the community – by continuing to provide healthcare services including primary care, emergency care, cardiology, neurology, and orthopaedics on the campus of UTMC.
Quickly stabilize UToledo’s financial concerns related to UTMC – by utilizing ProMedica’s local healthcare management expertise and resources.
Address desperately needed care identified in our community health assessment – by growing the hospital with investments in service lines, including primary, behavioral health, and psychiatric care.
Retain high-quality State of Ohio jobs in our community – by UToledo employees remaining state employees with the benefits that go along with that designation, including state health care, state retirement plans, tuition reimbursement, seniority and others.
Replace UTMC’s obsolete electronic medical record (EMR) system – by utilizing ProMedica’s existing relationships and experience in designing and implementing industry-leading, cost-effective EMR solutions that meet regulatory standards.
Support the UToledo College of Medicine mission – by continuing to offer academic and research opportunities at UTMC.
Preserve UToledo’s oversight of UTMC – by using a joint operating model that ensures UToledo will maintain ultimate control of UTMC and continue making important decisions that impact the health and well-being of South Toledo.
A neutral third-party advisor is expected to review proposal submissions and make recommendations to the University of Toledo Board of Trustees. We appreciate the opportunity to put forth a forward-thinking solution that we sincerely believe will offer the greatest benefit to our community.