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Published on December 03, 2010

Central Michigan University College of Medicine and MidMichigan Health Announce Partnership

Rick Reynolds & Ernie Yoder

MidMichigan Health President Rick Reynolds and Central Michigan University College of Human Medicine Dean Ernie Yoder Thursday night at CMU after announcing the CMU College of Medicine clinical affiliation with MidMichigan Health

Central Michigan University President Dr. George E. Ross joined MidMichigan Health President Richard M. Reynolds on Thursday night to celebrate a clinical affiliation for higher medical education in which MidMichigan Health will train medical students enrolled in CMU’s College of Medicine.

Dr. Ross announced the affiliation to Mt. Pleasant community leaders, MidMichigan Health physicians and leaders and CMU administrators and faculty during a reception at the College of Health Professions.

“Through a rigorous curriculum and training with physicians in MidMichigan Health practices, CMU medical students will prepare for careers caring for patients and families in the state’s most medically underserved areas,” Ross said. “The CMU College of Medicine and MidMichigan Health aim to create better, more accessible care for patients and meet community needs throughout Michigan,” he said.

 “Our affiliation makes perfect sense,” said Reynolds. “The footprint of our geographic service area with medical centers in Alma, Clare, Gladwin and Midland and physician practices throughout the region, including more than 60 in Mt. Pleasant, makes excellent physician outreach opportunities easily accessible for medical students close to Mt. Pleasant. It is logical that MidMichigan Health’s physicians would play a strong role in training CMU medical students.”


CMU and MidMichigan Health leaders

CMU leaders and MidMichigan Health leaders photographed during the announcement of a clinical affiliation between the CMU College of Medicine and MidMichigan Health on Thursday night at CMU.

Back row, from left, CMU College of Health Professions Dean Chris Ingersoll, MidMichigan Health President Rick Reynolds, MidMichigan Health Board of Directors Chair William Henderson, CMU College of Medicine Dean Ernie Yoder, CMU College of Medicine Associate Dean Deborah Biggs, CMU President George E. Ross, CMU Board of Trustees Chair Sarah Opperman. Front row, from left, CMU College of Medicine Associate Dean Lori Arviso Alvord, M.D., MidMichigan Health Physician Enterprise President Jim Bicknell, M.D., CMU College of Medicine Associate Dean Sean Kesterson and CMU College of Medicine Associate Dean Nehad El-Sawi, M.D.

Guests at the event were welcomed by CMU College of Health Professions Dean Dr. Chris Ingersoll. College of Human Medicine Dean Dr. Ernie Yoder introduced College of Medicine associate deans, Lori Arviso Alvord, M.D., associate dean of student affairs; Deborah Biggs, associate dean of administration and finance; Nehad El-Sawi, associate dean of medical education and faculty development; and Sean Kesterson, associate dean of clinical affairs and hospital relations and chief medical officer. MidMichigan Health Board Chair William Henderson congratulated the CMU administration and MidMichigan administration for working closely together to successfully complete the affiliation.

CMU has been granted applicant school status by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the accrediting body for M.D. degree programs in North America. Multiple hospitals across the state are working in partnership with the university and will serve as sites for the clinical education of its students.

Scheduled to be completed early in 2012, Central Michigan University's College of Medicine will be located in a $24 million, 60,000-square-foot addition to the The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Health Professions Building.

MidMichigan Health is a non-profit health system that covers a 12-county region with 481 hospital beds at medical centers in Alma, Clare, Gladwin and Midland, outpatient facilities, including MidMichigan Health Park–Mt. Pleasant and MidMichigan Health Park–Houghton Lake as well as urgent care centers, home care, hospice, nursing homes, physicians, medical offices and other specialty health services.

More than 450 physicians, specialists and other providers in 32 specialties care for patients using the most advanced medical technologies available. MidMichigan Health has had a long and successful commitment to higher medical education. MidMichigan’s Family Medicine Residency Program, located at MidMichigan Medical Center in Midland, was established in 1970 and was one of the first in the country. More than 200 family medicine physicians have graduated from the program since that time.

MidMichigan Health was recognized this year as being in the top 20 percent of health systems nationwide in Thomson Reuters’ 100 Top Hospitals: Health Systems Quality/Efficiency Study. All four of MidMichigan’s Medical Centers are accredited by The Joint Commission. MidMichigan provided almost $84.3 million in community benefits in fiscal year 2010.

Information about the CMU College of Human Medicine may be found at Information about MidMichigan Health is available at