Transforming Health Care in the 21st Century

University of Cincinnati

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The University of Cincinnati pursues the delivery of personalized care that embraces the best clinical practices by emphasizing quality, performance improvement and patient safety initiatives as pillars of our culture. As a part of this effort, UC has identified and cultivated the Center of Excellence in Transforming Health Care in the 21st Century, which includes the areas of the highest medical priority for the region and nation. The Center encompasses the educational programs and cutting-edge research that is fundamental to attaining UC's ultimate objective – the delivery of state-of-the-art health care to our population.

Driving Economic Advancement

The key to the Center of Excellence in health care lies in the identification of specialty areas for each center that will have a positive impact on the health status of the community and complement the specialties of other Ohio programs.

Neurosciences:

UC and Cincinnati Children's Hospital is the dominant regional provider of clinical neurology, neurosurgery and psychiatry for both adults and children. These core services are augmented by related subspecialty care in neuroradiology, otolaryngology and physical medicine rehabilitation. This center focuses on the translation of key discoveries into new clinical approaches to disease management and treatment.

Environmental Health and Cancer:

The UC Center of Excellence in Environmental Health and Cancer is a university-wide interdisciplinary initiative and is home to one of the oldest and most successful environment health enterprises in the nation. Work of this center focuses on increasing the understanding of how the environment impacts cancer risk and progression. Its principal mission is to reduce the overall health care costs and economic and human life burdens associated with environmental pollution in the state and nation.

Pediatrics:

The Department of Pediatrics in UC's College of Medicine, housed at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and one of the top children's hospitals in the nation, helps drive excellence across all scientific and medical disciplines. Funding to the Department of Pediatrics/ Cincinnati Children's is #2 in the nation for receiving NIH funding for pediatric hospitals, bringing dollars into the state, helping to grow a highly professional workforce in the region and ensuring that quality health care is delivered to Ohio's children.

Diabetes and Obesity:

UC is already home to one of the top obesity research teams in the country and is strategically expanding core programs such as type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children and adults, complications of diabetes and obesity, genetic and environmental risk factors, bariatric surgery, nutrition and gestational diabetes.

Benchmarks

  • Neurosciences research expenditures exceed $27 million per year and are growing
  • Environmental health is ranked #1 in the nation for funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
  • Pediatrics sponsored research expenditures now exceed $170 million
  • Diabetes and obesity sponsored program activity received approximately $32 million in awards for FY08
  • Recognized nationally by the National Institute of Health as a Clinical and Translations Science Award winner.

Goals

  • Increase depth of all neurosciences research and clinical programs
  • Work with collaborators to reduce health care costs from cancer and other environmental diseases
  • Become an international source for the highest quality pediatric care
  • Translate basic science research to impact diabetes care and reduction of obesity

Metrics

  • Percentage increase in the number of active clinical trials
  • Increase in rankings related to NIH funding
  • Increase in rankings in U.S. News and World Report
  • Increase in the number of invention disclosures made
  • Increase in the number of licenses and options executed