Academic Medical Centers (AMCs), nearly 400 in number, comprise only six percent of all hospitals nationwide. Yet they provide nearly half of all clinical care for underinsured and indigent patients. Operate 47 percent of organ transplant centers. Run 60 percent of level one trauma centers. Provide 67 percent of burn beds. Train more than 100,000 new physicians and health professionals each year.
Complex organizations, AMCs serve multiple, vital roles in US healthcare delivery. They deliver advanced clinical care. Educate our future physicians. Conduct crucial medical research. The future of our entire healthcare system depends on keeping AMCs financially viable. Although AMCs provide a disproportionate share of the nation’s healthcare services, they are experiencing the same dwindling reimbursements that plague other providers. Soaring costs of patient care, medical education, and research and development are causing AMCs to re-evaluate their strategic planning and growth campaigns.
AMCs have a special need to manage change. In addition to changes in care delivery necessitated by market trends, regulations, and reforms, AMCs must constantly adjust their education and research priorities. Currently, AMCs are working to correct imbalances of physicians, encouraging them to choose primary care and to practice in underserved communities. Research organizations are adapting to promising new discoveries and clinical practices.
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