As you have no doubt heard over the last couple of weeks, Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center have announced they are exploring an affiliation.
Because both hospitals are closely connected to our medical education and health professions programs, many of you likely have questions about what this new relationship might mean for Marshall University.
While we won’t know the details until the terms of the final agreement are announced, I can share with you that we anticipate the end result will be quite positive—for Marshall University, for our students and for our community.
This new arrangement should greatly enhance educational opportunities for our students and strengthen our clinical education and medical residency programs. We also expect it will deliver more accessible and affordable health care for our community, and ultimately expand patient care services currently not available in our region.
The hospitals have said this process will occur over an extended period of time. As we learn more about the progress of the affiliation process, I pledge to keep you informed. Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have questions or concerns.
Stephen J. Kopp, Ph.D.