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Creighton University and Tenet Healthcare Extend Operating Partnership at Creighton University Medical Center

Creighton University and Tenet Healthcare Extend Operating Partnership at Creighton University Medical Center

Creighton University President the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J., announced today that the University has renewed its partnership agreement with Tenet Healthcare in the operation of Creighton University Medical Center.

The new extended agreement contains several progressive improvements that strengthen the partnership of operating Creighton University Medical Center in today’s competitive economic market and will enhance the medical center’s comprehensive quality patient care. The new agreement includes additional capital investments at the hospital for upgrades to operating rooms, critical care units and patient floors to name a few. There will also be an expansion of primary care networks, opening the hospital staff for membership to physicians who are not employed or part of the School of Medicine faculty, and enhanced faculty recruitment efforts.

“We are very pleased with the extension of our relationship and the new opportunities it provides for Creighton to strengthen our teaching programs for health care professionals,” Schlegel said. “This renewed agreement reaffirms Creighton’s health education mission and enhances our ability to better serve patients in the Omaha region.”

“We welcome the opportunity to extend our longstanding relationship with Creighton University and to continue providing quality care to patients in the Omaha community,” said Stephen Newman, M.D., chief operating officer of Tenet Healthcare. “This renewed commitment strengthens our partnership and will ultimately benefit our patients and employees as well as further enhance our shared commitment of training doctors and other health care professionals to serve the community.”

The partnership, which began in 1995, will automatically renew for two-year periods until material changes are requested by one of the parties.

Creighton and Tenet officials said that the unique role of Creighton University Medical Center in the greater Omaha community is critical to the delivery of health services in the region.

“Continuing our commitment to the underserved is the foundation of our continued relationship,” Schlegel said. “The enhancements we have made in our new agreement, which include investments in the hospital facility and enhanced faculty recruitment, are all designed to better position Creighton University Medical Center to improve quality patient care.”